After debate over which of four bond options to call, Fort Bend ISD has postponed voting to call the election.

The district had planned to call the $1.2 billion bond election during its Feb. 13 board of trustees meeting. Instead, tt voted 6-1 to postpone voting until a Feb. 16 meeting.

The bond would provide funds for a variety of improvements to facilities and services across the district. The majority of the estimated $1.214 billion bond is earmarked for improvements to existing facilities. A survey of 350 voters presented during the board meeting found that 52% supported a $1.2 billion bond when given no initial information and 68% supported it when given information.

During its meeting, the board was presented with four options for what would appear on the ballot. Option 1 split the $1.2 billion bond into two propositions on the ballot: one for construction, security and transportation upgrades, and another for technology updates for the district. Option 2 included a third $22.9 million bond proposition for a district natatorium.

Option 3 would bring the bond below $1 billion by removing the new elementary and middle schools and reducing improvements to life cycle deficiencies by $35 million. Option 4 would incorporate a $19.2 million bus facility into proposition A.

If called, the bond election would be held during the 2023 general election on May 6.