The Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees voted to accept the Facilities & Growth Planning Committee’s (FGPC) recommendation to call for a $275 million bond package addressing district growth, equity, safety and aging infrastructure across the district.
Development of the bond proposal involved an in-depth process of information gathering, research and community input. Over the past year and a half, the district completed a demographic report, a districtwide facilities assessment, educational visioning, and campus and department staff interviews. In July 2016, the Facilities & Growth Planning Committee was formed.
The FGPC, comprised of parents, community members and MISD staff members, met for seven months to study and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs. The committee made its recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to call for a bond election. The bond election was officially called on Monday, Feb. 13.
Some of the proposed projects include:
- A new elementary school, intermediate school and middle school to accommodate growth in the southern part of the district.
- Renovations for equity, safety and updated standards at various campuses, including Mansfield High, Summit High, T.A. Howard Middle, Rogene Worley Middle, Cross Timbers Intermediate, Donna Shepard Intermediate and The Phoenix Academy.
- Classroom additions at Howard and Worley middle schools by enclosing the courtyards.
- Science labs at all elementary schools by converting existing space.
- A multipurpose building to serve all athletic programs at each high school.
- Safety and security upgrades, including enhanced video surveillance at every campus and a new standard of playground at every elementary and intermediate school.
- Existing facility infrastructure improvements, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades, technology cabling and roof replacements.
This bond is driven by the district’s strategic plan, Vision 2020, which is meant to provide a clear focus for improvement and drive the district to greater heights.
If the bond passes, the estimated maximum tax impact is anticipated to be 3 cents for a total tax rate of $1.54. For a $200,000 home value, this represents an increase of approximately $4.38 per month.
MISD property taxes for citizens age 65 or older would not be affected by the bond election as long as a homestead and over 65-exemption application have been filed with the local appraisal district.
Mansfield ISD residents will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum beginning with early voting April 24-May 2. Election Day is Saturday, May 6.
More information about the upcoming bond election will be released soon.