Feature Photo: AISD’s enrollment and early learning team promoting its pre-k programs in July. The district will decide later this month on whether to send a bond proposal to voters in November. Image: Austin ISD/Facebook
By Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — Austin ISD is hoping to improve infrastructure school facilities as it is currently receiving input on two draft proposals for the November 2022 bond election.
One proposal is for $1.55 billion and a second is for $2.18 billion.
The $1.55 billion package would not require a tax increase and would include upgrades such as HVAC improvements, fire alarms and security systems.
Moreover, the provision would improve the district’s athletic fields at each high school, along with the renovation of Nelson Field and its bus terminals. The funds would renovate 14 schools with technology enhancements and bus replacements.
The $2.18 billion proposal would require a 1-cent tax rate increase. The proposal includes improvements found in the smaller proposal, along with seven more school renovations that enhance athletic and performing arts facilities. A unique provision in the bill would earmark funds for teacher housing from 240 to 400 units in order to help teachers live in the city.
The board of trustees will decide later this month if they should proceed with a bond proposal for voters on the November ballot. If voters approve the projects, the district can sell bonds to pay for them.