Coppell ISD board of trustees voted 6-1 to call for a $321.5 million bond election Feb. 13. The proposed propositions include renovations at several elementary schools, safety and security investments throughout the district, and improvements to the district tennis center.
Finalized details on the propositions were not available as of publication.
“Thank you to all the parents, employees and community members that took hours and hours away from their families to provide input,” CISD Board Member Jobby Mathew said. “I appreciate all of the effort.”
The district began gathering data for the bond recommendation in 2019, Bond Steering Committee co-Chairs Jim Walker and Dilan Patel said on Jan. 23. The process included community dialogue and surveys. The committee also looked at facility conditions, facility capacity and utilization, overall educational planning, financial overviews, and stakeholder and steering committee input.
The board met Jan. 23 to discuss opening steps toward the passage of a new bond worth $511 million. Feedback from the surveys, however, indicated that Coppell voters were more likely to support a $320 million bond package.
CISD Board Member Manish Sethi said he was not comfortable with the $321 million amount. He supported adding pre-kindergarten spaces but said it would be best to delay renovations for a future bond.
“I want more than what’s presented, but I do not agree with going for a five-year estimated selling of the bond,” he said. “If the prices don't work, we’ll be in bigger trouble. What I'm suggesting is a safer method.”
The last bond passed in Coppell ISD was in 2016.
More information about the 2023 bond election can be found here.