Bond committee submits suggestions to MISD board

McKinney ISDs bond committee presented a 12,000 seat stadium as a potential bond item.

McKinney ISDs bond committee presented a 12,000 seat stadium as a potential bond item.

The McKinney ISD board of trustees was presented with a list of potential bond items worth $220 million at the March 1 meeting that includes $50.3 million for a new stadium and events center.

The board is expected to approve the suggested list during its March 17 work session meeting. If the board calls for a bond election, it would be held May 7. MISD officials said the bond would result in a tax decrease due to the retiring of old debt and increase in tax base.

The bond committee was asked by the district to review current MISD facilities, consider future MISD needs of both campuses and students, consider the district's bonding capacity, prioritize projects, and recommend a bond program to the trustees.

Technology was at the top of the list with a suggested $35 million to be devoted to classroom and instructional technology, infrastructure, servers and similar items, and further funding of the district's "1 to the World" program, which aims to supply laptops to every  high school student at MISD.

Also under consideration is a $39.6 million for a fine arts extension, which would include a new, expanded auditorium at McKinney High School, expansions to both Evans Middle School and Cockrill Middle School band halls, as well as the McKinney Boyd High School band hall and general district band infrastructure refreshment.

A highly discussed potential stadium falls behind the band expansions on the list of priorities. If funded, the stadium would sit at the southeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and McKinney Ranch Road just north of SH 121. The stadium would include 12,000 seats and 2,400 to 3,000 parking spaces. Ron Poe currently has 341 dedicated parking spaces.

Facility upgrades include $42 million for HVAC and roof replacements, energy efficient lighting as well as plumbing and electrical upgrades.

Lastly, several items have been grouped for the remaining $52.3 million including Glen Oaks Elementary and Valley Creek Elementary renovations, security measures including cameras and digital marquee, replacement of surfaces and furniture, a maintenance building and transportation station, and land purchase  and elementary school No.22 planning.


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