Cy-Fair ISD calls for May bond election

Voters in Cy-Fair ISD will have the opportunity to weigh in on the district's future May 10 as trustees officially called for a $1.2 billion bond referendum during a meeting Feb. 27.

District officials began studying the need for another bond election last year in order to keep up with student growth. The firm Population Survey Analysts completed a comprehensive demographic study on the district in 2013 and projected that more than 15,000 new students will enroll in CFISD through 2020.

The bond referendum—CFISD's first in nearly seven years—highlights several areas of need within the district: security, transportation, facilities and technology. The following items are included in the bond referendum:

Student Growth

Elementary No. 57

Elementary No. 58

Middle School No. 19

Matzke Elementary replacement

Second natatorium

Third agriculture center

Cold food warehouse

Future school sites

TOTAL: $197.6 million

Transportation

Purchase new buses for restoration of transportation service within 2 miles

New transportation center

Purchase buses for growth

Video surveillance

GPS technology on buses

TOTAL: $72.3 million

Security

Intrusion detection panels

Video camera/buzzer at entry

Security vestibules

Closed circuit TV upgrades

Security camera DVR replacement

New communications towers

Emergency call phones

Additional building access card readers

Replace analog cameras with digital

Additional closed circuit TV cameras

Lockdown buttons

Additional security cameras

Self-closing gates

After-hours separation of cafeteria

Bullet-resistant glass at entries

TOTAL: $55.3 million

Technology

Upgrade standard classroom technology

Upgrade student mobile technology

Upgrade high school labs

Upgrade library technology

Upgrade special campuses

Install instructional technology in new campuses

Upgrade other technology

Install high-speed wireless access infrastructure

Install network electronics infrastructure

Upgrade connectivity, power and air conditioning

Upgrade data center and infrastructure

Upgrade staff's technology and telephone systems

Install technology infrastructure in new schools

Design contingency

TOTAL: $217.2 million

Facilities renovations

Major campus renovations at Adam, Bane and Watkins

Program enhancements

Asset protection

TOTAL: $666.6 million

If the bond passes, the district's debt service tax rate is projected to increase incrementally each year for three years beginning in 2015-16. The cumulative tax rate increase for that time period is projected to be 4.5 cents, which amounts to $62.25 annually on a home valued at $200,000.

For more detailed information on the $1.2 billion bond package, see Community Impact Newspaper's March 20 edition.

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.