The Judson ISD board of trustees on Aug. 18 approved calling a bond election for the Nov. 8 general election. The bond is in the amount of $345,299,900 and will result in an estimated $0.01 tax rate increase.

Trustees decided to break the bond into two propositions with Proposition A to be focused on district safety and security, and Proposition B focused on the construction of two new campuses and acquiring new buses for the district.

Trustees also had discussion regarding hosting an additional bond election in May to cover other needs throughout the district that are not directly connected to this bond package. Trustee José Macias said the district cannot wait to address student needs, and some financial action would have to be taken in order to meet those needs. According to Macias, the November bond election is under a unique circumstance as the district is taking action in response to the school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Items in a future bond package would not be directly focused on safety and security measures.

“By not having a May opportunity to address those needs, it is a disservice because, again, there are other things out there,” he said.

Trustee Suzanne Kenoyer said having two bonds in quick succession would not be supported by voters.

“I do not see our community supporting a bond in November and another bond in May,” Kenoyer said.

According to Superintendent Jeanette Ball, the district may be able to free up other funds from previous bonds and other project funding sources that can help address additional district issues and give staff more time to analyze district needs that can be brought to a future bond. With this information, trustees decided to hold off on discussion for a potential future bond.