Early voters in the Uniform May 6 election will help decide the fate of three Comal ISD bond propositions totaling $634.6 million.
To learn more about earmarks for Canyon Lake schools, don’t miss a Bond 2023 community meeting with Supt. Dr. John Chapman at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) PAC, 8555 FM 32, Fischer.
A forum about the bond proposal and candidates for single-member districts 3 and 4 is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML).
Comal ISD 2023 Bond Proposal
Comal ISD trustees have approved a bond package to address continued enrollment growth, campus safety and security, student technology, and expansions and improvements at existing campuses. There will be no change to the district tax rate.
Growth & Reinvestment – $560,564,861
Adds three new elementary schools to provide capacity relief to Bill Brown, Johnson Ranch, Oak Creek and Freiheit elementary schools and a middle school to relieve Canyon Middle School. Also funds a new Life Bridges campus for young adults with disabilities to increase independence and family and community settings.
More than $17 million of the proposition will fund safety-and-security projects throughout the district including capital projects at existing campuses that support student programs, facility infrastructure projects such as roofs and HVAC systems to maintain the operational integrity of the campuses, buses to replace aging units, and land for future schools.
- Elementary School #21 (BBES relief)
- Elementary School #22 (JRES relief)
- Elementary School #23 (OCES/FES relief)
- Middle School #9 (CMS relief)
- Life Bridges
Safety and Security
- Access Control: Canyon Lake High School, Startz Elementary School
- Fencing: Davenport High School, Pieper High School, Pieper Ranch Middle School, Startz Elementary School
- Public address system refresh at multiple locations
- Outdoor cameras at multiple locations
- Door hardware replacement (non-classroom) at multiple locations
- Emergency Operations Center
- Video intercoms at the main entry and food service
- Video surveillance system
- Active-threat notification system
- Intrusion detection upgrades
Existing Facilities – Expansion and Infrastructure
- Golf practice facility at Canyon, Canyon Lake and Smithson Valley high schools
- Tennis court replacement at Canyon High School
- Tennis court expansion at Davenport High School
- Ag barn addition and new poultry barn at Davenport High School
- Bleacher seating expansion at Mountain Valley Middle School
- Baseball dugouts, concessions and press box at Smithson Valley High School
- Baseball and softball batting cages at Canyon Lake High School
- Girls’ gym locker renovation at Canyon Lake High School
- Soccer and wresting lockers/mat room at Smithson Valley High School
- Stand-alone dance studio at Smithson Valley High School
- Campus drive entry from the I-35 access road for Canyon High School
- Shade structure for outdoor learning/dining at Canyon Middle School
Existing Facilities-Lifecycle Projects
- Drainage at Canyon High School, Canyon Lake High School, and Specht Elementary School
- Electrical at multiple locations
- Heating and schooling at Arlon Seay Elementary School, Bill Brown Elementary School, Memorial Early College High School, Church Hill Middle Scholl, Canyon Middle School, Hoffman Lane Elementary School, Goodwin Frazier Elementary School, Rebecca Creek Elementary School, Specht Elementary School, Johnson Ranch Elementary School, Mountain Valley Middle School, Rahe Bulverde Elementary School, Support Services, Startz Elementary School, Smithson Valley High School and Timberwood Park Elementary
- Paving at Canyon Lake High School, 482 Transportation Hub, Support Services
- Roofing at Comal Discipline Center, Canyon High School, Canyon Lake High School, Canyon Middle School, Clear Spring Elementary School (includes HVAC), Mountain Valley Middle School, Support Services, Smithson Valley Middle School
- Wastewater at Canyon Lake High School, Spring Branch Middle School, Smithson Valley High School and Smithson Valley Middle School
- Finishes at Canyon Lake High School, Indian Springs Elementary School, Oak Creek Elementary School and Smithson Valley High School
Stadiums Projects – $46,094,984
Proposition B is for stadium safety improvements at Canyon Lake High School. The current stadium bleacher configuration only has one exit, creating an issue when there is a need to evacuate spectators due to lightning or other emergencies. New bleachers will have multiple exit points, making evacuations safer.
Also included in B is a bleacher expansion and fieldhouse at Davenport High School. The campus has experienced higher-than-expected enrollment since it opened in 2020. It was designed to add a fieldhouse as student participation in various programs increased. With the addition of a fieldhouse, space currently utilized inside the main building for athletics will be freed for non-athletic use like the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and academic classes.
- Bleacher replacement for safety at Canyon Lake High School
- Bleacher expansion and field house at Davenport High School
Student Technology and Infrastructure – $28 million
Proposition C funds the purchase of student learning devices, classroom audiovisual equipment, Wi-Fi expansion, and Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure across the district.
- Student learning devices
- Outdoor Wi-Fi
- Wide Area Network
- Growth devices
- Classroom audiovisual upgrades
Early Voting Locations
- Comal County Elections Office (main location), 396 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels 78130
- Comal County Offices-Goodwin Annex, training room, 1297 Church Hill, New Braunfels, 78130
- Comal County Offices, Bulverde Annex, JP #2 courtroom, 30470 Cougar Bend, Bulverde 78163
- Garden Ridge City Hall, Municipal Courtroom, 9400 Municipal Pkwy., Garden Ridge 78266
- Mammen Family Public Library, Room A, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde 78163
- St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, large room, 121 Spring Mountain Dr., Canyon Lake 78133