Cy-Fair ISD prepares for potential bond election in May 2019

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Cy-Fair ISD administrators have started the process of creating a long-range planning committee to assess district needs to be considered for a potential bond election in May.

CFISD Superintendent Mark Henry said at a Nov. 12 board meeting that the purpose of the committee would be to develop a long-range plan recommendation to meet the district’s needs through 2025, including new campuses, facility renovations, security upgrades and technology. The plan would take population growth and student needs into consideration, Henry said.

The district last passed a bond in May 2014. The $1.2 billion bond package included funding for three new elementary schools, one new middle school, a new natatorium at Pridgeon Stadium, $55.3 million in security upgrades, new school buses to accommodate growth, technology infrastructure upgrades and several campus renovations.

Julie Hinaman—who leads the district’s Community Leadership Committee—and CFISD Chief of Staff Teresa Hull will co-chair the committee, which will be composed of about 50 parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members. Henry said committee members would reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of CFISD.

“We want to make sure that, through this planning process, we ensure support for quality education for all students and that it reflects the community values and perception of needs,” Henry said. “And as always—and the thing that we’re most noted for throughout not only this community, but throughout the state—is our commitment to fiscal responsibility.”

Hull presented the following timeline to the board of trustees at Monday’s meeting:

July-August: facility assessment walks
Nov. 12-16: formation of long-range planning committee
Nov. 27: kickoff meeting
Dec. 3-Jan. 15: review of district facility, renovations, asset protection, transportation, security and technology needs
Jan. 22: review of the summary of district needs and committee recommendation
Jan. 24: review of the financial impact of the recommendation
Jan. 31: recommendation finalized for the board of trustees
Feb. 4: presentation to the board
Feb. 11: board considers calling for a bond election
Feb. 12-15: develop informational materials
Feb. 20-May 3: conduct meetings to educate the community about the proposed bond program
May 4: hold bond election in conjunction with Harris County

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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