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Dickinson I.S.D. Bond 2020 Information
What is a bond?
A school bond election is a bond issue used by a public school district to finance a building project or other capital project. These measures are placed on the ballot by district school boards for to be approved by the voting public.
What is Dickinson ISD proposing for the 2020 bond?
This bond referendum is for $94.2 million to construct:
• New 1,200 student junior high school ($73.7 million)
• Transportation center additions and renovations ($11.6 million)
• Technology center additions and renovations ($1.5 million)
• Agricultural center additions and renovations ($3.2 million)
• McAdams Junior High running track replacement ($300,000)
• Parking lot replacement / expansion and drainage at Hughes Road Elementary ($2 million)
• Security improvements district-wide to campus vestibules ($1.5 million)
• Lobit Education Village & Kranz Junior High safety upgrades ($400,000)
Why is this needed?
The Dickinson ISD Facility Task Force considered different scenarios, and the option the group believes will work best for future growth and allow the district to develop a plan to implement full-day pre-kindergarten is to build a third junior high school and realign the grade configurations at the elementary, middle school and junior high levels. If the bond is approved, the district will realign the grade levels when the new junior high opens to have grades Pre-K to grade 3 in elementary school, grades 4-5 in middle school and grades 6-8 in junior high.
The additions and renovations at the Transportation Center, Technology Center, and Agriculture Center are related to student enrollment growth. The cinder running track at McAdams Junior High would be replaced with asphalt similar to the track at Kranz Junior High. The parking lot at Hughes Road Elementary has major subsidence and drainage issues. Parking lot flooding is a major concern at this campus.
Security improvements are recommended for all campus vestibules. Front entrances would be renovated so that visitors do not directly enter the school’s front office. Instead, they would check-in with a receptionist at a secure transaction window before entering the main school building. In addition, ballistic window film would be added to all front entrance areas. Lobit Education Village and Kranz Junior High have large classroom windows on all interior walls. Safety upgrades at these campuses would provide manual operated opaque window shades for all interior classroom windows.
When and where can I vote?
Polling locations and dates are not yet available from Galveston County. When this information becomes available, we will provide updates here.
Who is eligible to vote in the election?
Voting in the 2020 Dickinson ISD bond election is open to any registered voters living within the Dickinson ISD boundaries. You do not have to have a student attending Dickinson ISD to vote.
If this bond referendum passes, will it increase my taxes?
If the bond is approved, it is estimated to raise the tax rate by 2 cents, which equals $3.33 per month or $40 per year on the average taxable value of a $200,000 home. Taxes on the homestead residence of taxpayers age 65 or older will not have their taxes increased, providing there is not an improvement in the residence that increases the taxable value. The “tax-freeze” for citizens age 65 and older is in compliance with Section 11.26 of the Texas Property Tax Code.
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