Houston ISD's board of managers voted April 11 to formally authorize the administration of Superintendent Mike Miles to explore a 2024 bond election.

The overview

The decision to authorize Miles to explore a potential bond election came without any public discussion.

"Too many HISD students are learning in facilities that, quite simply, are not acceptable," Miles said in a statement. "Our kids need and deserve better, and we look forward to talking to the broader HISD community about the investments we can make to provide all our students with safe, healthy and effective learning environments."

Should the bond referendum move forward, voters within Houston ISD’s boundaries would get a chance to vote in favor or against the bond in the Nov. 5 election.

HISD’s most recent bond—a $1.9 billion package backed by roughly two-thirds of voters—was approved in 2012. According to the district's website, the bond included roughly $1.64 billion to replace and repair 40 schools across the district, including 29 high schools, as well as $252 million for additional projects across the district.

What’s next

Miles can now explore putting together a bond package that would give details on how money would be spent, which could include renovating aging buildings, buying new technology and updating school security, among other projects.

District officials have not yet said whether they will put together a committee to help steer the inclusion of any items or projects in the potential bond.