Pflugerville ISD calls bond election

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees is placing the largest bond package in the district's history before voters May 10.

On Feb. 24, the board approved calling a bond election requesting voters to approve $287 million worth of bonds. The proposal includes funding for a fourth district high school, two elementary schools and a 10,000-seat-capacity football/multi-use stadium. District officials have stated the proposed bonds would have no effect on PISD residents' tax rates.

PISD Superintendent Alex Torrez said the district's growing student population was pushing many of its schools past their designed capacity.

"We haven't had a bond package since 2007," Torrez said. "At that point, our population was 19,700 students. Presently, we have got 23,500 students, and we are projected in the next five year to grow to over 25,000 students."

If the bond is approved by voters, the construction of the new high school is expected to be the first project to come as a result of the election. With a projected cost of $104.4 million, the new high school would be located east of SH 130 and serve as a reliever for Hendrickson High School, which is expected to exceed its designed capacity by next school year.

The most controversial item on the bond proposal may be the regional football stadium. Board members discussed the possibility of placing the stadium into a separate bond proposal. In the end, however, the board voted to present all of the items in one bond package.

"I want everyone in the district to know that everything on the list is an absolute necessity," Trustee Carol Fletcher said.

PISD's $287 million bond package:

High School No. 4 ($104.4 million)

Facility replacements and renovations ($56,362,472)

Elementary School No. 21 ($28,349,440)

Regional football/multi-use stadium ($25.8 million)

Replacement for Timmerman Elementary School ($22.6 million)

Technology ($20 million)

Education Adequacy ($8,648,000)

Remodeling existing football stadiums ($7,320,000)

Land ($7.2 million)

Contingency funds ($6,320,088)