Citizen committee to consider, amend $1 billion bond proposal

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Katy ISD— District officials presented a collection of proposed improvement projects totaling about $1 billion to the citizen bond committee during a scheduled meeting May 15.

The presentation was the first time in the committee’s six meetings that a total cost estimate was discussed in detail.

It is also the beginning of a six-week period during which the 100-member committee, and another 100 alternates will consider the merits and cost of each project, according to district officials.

“Now it is the committee’s charge and responsibility to develop a bond package recommendation taking into consideration the needs as well as the cost,” said district officials said in a statement released the night of the meeting. “It is a tremendous responsibility and opportunity. We have every confidence in the committee’s stewardship.”

According to the presentation, about 48 percent of the total estimate would go to build new facilities for the district, about 28 percent would improve existing facilities, 9 percent would fund technology initiatives, 10 percent would pay for student activity facilities and 5 percent would be slated for other items, including buses, land purchases and fees.

A spreadsheet of potential projects and timetables lists two of the three projects that were included in the failed 2013 Student Activities bond—the Agriculture Science Facility, estimated at about $28.8 million, and a second stadium, estimated in on the spreadsheet at three different cost levels—$58.5 million, $67.9 million or $77.3 million.

The committee is expected to make a recommendation to the school board July 21.

The public may attend the bond meetings to listen and observe.

Meetings

Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Education Support Complex

6301 S. Stadium Lane

281-396-6000

www.katyisd.org

Upcoming meetings:

May 27

June 16 (work-study)

June 23

Citizen bond committee

Education Support Complex

6301 S. Stadium Lane,

Room 1200

www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds

Upcoming meetings:

May 29 (6:30 p.m.)

June 17 (6 p.m.)

June 25 (6 p.m.)

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