Trustees Propose $397.7 Million Bond Package
Voters on May 2 will decide the fate of a $397.7 million bond package approved by Comal ISD Board of Trustees at a workshop meeting on Feb. 13.
Early voting runs from April 20-28.
Trustees said money will be used to keep up with the district’s rapid growth and includes funding for three new campuses:
- Elementary #19, located off State Highway 46, will provide relief for Clear Spring and Freiheit elementary schools
- Elementary #20, located across from Danville Middle School, will provide relief for Garden Ridge and Morningside elementary schools
- Middle School #8, located south of FM 1863 and U.S. Route 281, will relieve Pieper Ranch Middle School.
The proposal was developed over the last 12 months with the help of community members from around Comal ISD, the district said in a press release.
Some 6,700 new students are projected to enroll in the school district over the next five years.
The bond package also will finance several infrastructure and reinvestment projects at existing campuses, as well as campus safety and security projects, buses, land and instructional technology.
A multi-use event center with capacity for 7,000 people is included in the bond package. The proposed facility will “serve as the heart” of all Comal ISD events including graduations, sporting events, tournaments, concerts, performances, school fairs and expositions.
The center also will support district-wide and community events and includes a multi-use pavilion for FFA livestock shows and similar events.
As a result of Texas Senate Bill 30 passed this summer, certain projects must be presented as separate propositions to voters. Because of this new requirement, the 2020 bond package will include four propositions for voters to consider. Collectively, these propositions equal the total bond package of $397.7 million.
Growth & Investment – Proposition A
- Elementary School #19 to relieve Clear Spring and Freiheit Elementary
- Elementary School #20 to relieve Morningside and Garden Ridge Elementary
- Middle School #8 to address growth and relieve Pieper Ranch Middle School
- The purchase of land for future schools
- The purchase of 85 buses for growth and replacement of aging vehicles
- Investment of $7.2 million in safety & security
- Funds for capital projects to address needs at various existing facilities across Comal ISD.
Multi-Use Event Center – Proposition B
From graduations, sporting events and tournaments, concerts and performances, to school fairs and expositions, the Multi-Use Event Center will support our growing school district of more than 25,000 students.
Extra-Curricular – Proposition C
- Canyon High School girls/boys weight room, lockers, and wrestling facility
- Canyon Lake High School baseball/softball practice facility
- Mountain Valley Middle School baseball/softball practice fields
- Smithson Valley High School girls/boys soccer locker room and girls/boys wrestling facility
- Multi-Use Event Center Pavilion
I would be all for this and the event center as well if the event center gave equal opportunity to the many many folks of Comal county who have to go to the Comal county schools after-hours and hope they can play on their tennis courts. Short of joining a country club the many players who live in the county have to watch as more volley ball and soft ball courts are built.