Breaking down Round Rock ISD’s $508M bond proposition

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The Round Rock ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to call a $508 million Nov. 6 bond election for “critical needs” projects.

The district chartered a Citizens Bond Committee of more than 250 community volunteers to explore the district’s needs and provide the board with a set of recommendations. The board used those recommendations to develop the project list approved Monday evening.

As presented, the bond proposal would not require a property tax rate increase for Round Rock ISD residents, district officials said Monday evening.

Notable items listed on Monday night’s proposal include:

  • $50,152,774 to completely rebuild C.D. Fulkes Middle School
  • $48,155,291 to construct a 35th elementary school in the northeast portion of the district
  • $44,712,000 for new science classrooms and renovations of the cafeteria and administrative area at McNeil High School
  • $32,285,261 to renovate and expand Westwood High School
  • $16,140,600 for a practice, teaching and competition indoor pool facility
  • $15,000,000 for land, master plan design and Phase 1 construction of a new 500-student building for Early College High School
  • $8,940,223 for new classrooms at Brushy Creek Elementary School
  • $8,781,696 for new equipment and ground cover for 32 playgrounds and shade structures at 26 playgrounds

Below is a full list of the projects presented Monday evening:

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  1. Is this proposal just a single (huge) bond, or is it broken up in to several different bonds like the last time around?

    • FC, my understanding is that this will be a single gigantic bond…not broken down into different propositions.

  2. Holy cow! That works out to $4,130 for every woman, man, and child living in Round Rock, based on our current population. With 4 people in our house, that’s $16,520. That’s a lot of money for something we’ll never use!

  3. Some of this seems needed, but so is vague and seems excessive! Do we need a $16 Million Dollar Swim Facility? What about $6 Million for a boys locker room???

  4. We spend millions of dollars on football stadiums. Yet we gripe about $16M for a swimming facility? Many of the meets are held at an outdoor swimming pool at Round Rock high school. I know that least one that was canceled this year due to weather, and another that was close to being canceled. Surely we can spend money on all of our high school athletes and not just the football players right?

  5. We spend millions of dollars on football stadiums. Yet we gripe about $16M for a swimming facility? Many of the meets are held at an outdoor swimming pool at Round Rock high school. I know that least one that was canceled this year due to weather, and another that was close to being canceled. Surely we can spend money on all of our high school athletes and not just the football players right?

    And in regards to your taxes…
    https://bond.roundrockisd.org/bond-facts-2018/

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Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.
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