Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null spoke about the possibility of an upcoming bond election in an Aug. 4 district video update on the district's YouTube channel. CISD’s last bond election was in November 2019.
“The question comes up a lot: Do we have another coming soon?” Null said. “Yes, we probably do.”
Null said almost half of the district’s campuses are over capacity.
“There’s going to be a need to build new schools,” he said.
The district added over 3,000 new students last year and is projected to add 1,750 students this school year.
“If we continue that kind of trend, we will definitely be coming back to you soon to talk about another bond,” Null said.
If the fiscal year 2022-23 budget is approved at the next board of trustees meeting on Aug. 16, the tax rate will decrease by $0.06 per $100 valuation, which brings the district to a potential $0.16 decrease in the tax rate since the bond was passed in 2019.
Null also reminded parents that the free meal program for all students ended effective June 30. Families wishing to participate in the free and reduced-price meal program must qualify and be approved by filling out an online application.
Finally, Null spoke about the district’s new library policy and encouraged parents to be involved in helping their children make decisions about what books to check out.
The new policy follows the Texas Education Agency’s guidelines for school library books, he said.
Parents can access records of what their students have checked out by logging into their Canvas account. The district is also working on rolling out an email notification system that lets parents know what books their child checks out. The district is also implementing a way for parents to restrict certain titles or authors for their children through Canvas, according to Null.
“You know your children better than anybody else, so we want you to be a part of that book selection process,” Null said. “We also understand that we have a very diverse community, and people see the world through different lenses. What we really want to encourage is parents to parent their child, but that doesn’t mean that a parent should be able to parent everyone’s child.”