ABOUT THE BOND
In February, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a bond election for May 2, 2020. Due to COVID, the election was postponed and will now take place November 3, 2020.
The approved package totaling $111,060,000 will have no tax rate increase and will provide district-wide campus improvements with a majority of funds designated for construction of a new high school. The ballot will consist of two propositions.
PROPOSITION A: $91,390,000
Includes construction of a new high school on the existing campus site and expansion of the agriculture livestock building. It will also provide facility improvements and safety upgrades at Welder and Sinton Elementary Schools, and Smith Middle School.
PROPOSITION B: $19,670,000
Includes construction of new extracurricular and athletic facilities at Sinton High School and Smith Middle School to increase equity and accessibility to student programs and replace undersized, inefficient facilities.
Due to the age of the high school, more than 50 years old, our consultants have indicated that there are several educational and functional inefficiencies with the existing buildings. With the number of repairs and expansions needed at the current campus, it’s more cost effective for the district to build a new campus.
A new multi-purpose building will allow for a new weight room, fieldhouse, practice field, athletic administrative offices, and restrooms to be housed under one roof on the high school campus.
PLANNING FOR THE BOND
The committee behind this proposal included more than 70 community members made up of parents, staff, local residents, and civic leaders. All committee meetings were advertised and open to the public, allowing all Sinton residents an opportunity to participate in the planning process. The committee reviewed a district-wide facility assessment, district financial information and tax impact scenarios, and also toured the high school before developing and prioritizing potential project options.
If the bond package is approved, there is no estimated tax increase to taxpayers. A $1.7 billion company, Steel Dynamics, has chosen Sinton as the location for their new steel plant complex, bringing with it nearly 650 new jobs and other supporting businesses. This will more than triple the district’s certified value allowing the district to maintain their current tax rate of $1.4483.