Eanes ISD voters approved an $80 million bond proposal Saturday that includes projects in safety & security, student programs & support, energy efficiency & conservation, and facilities. The bond also includes new spaces for the Westlake High School aquatics and wrestling programs and expanded space for the robotics and engineering programs.
The voters approved the lone proposition at 82.5 percent.
The bond is not expected to increase the tax rate and accommodates pre-paying existing debt, as well as allowing for accelerated debt payments on the proposed bonds.
“We are thankful to our residents for showing their support of our students and staff, and for helping to continue our commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Tom Leonard, superintendent of schools. “The passage of this bond brings incredible opportunities for our students at all levels and takes the pressure off our Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget, which is needed to pay for teacher salaries.”
The major components of the bond address facility needs at campuses that range in age from 22- to 91-years-old in five categories:
Safety & Security Projects:
Campus emergency notification systems
Security cameras & access controls
Fire alarm systems
Student Programs & Support Projects:
Fine Arts equipment
Athletics uniforms & equipment
Classroom flexible furniture
Library upgrades & refurbishments
School bus seat belts
Classroom technology/lab devices
Audio/Video in classrooms
Performing Arts Center lighting & technology
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Projects:
LED lighting retrofit
Room occupancy lighting control sensors
Campus refurbishments (painting & flooring)
Middle schools - artificial turf replacement
Co- and Extra-Curricular Spaces:
For a complete list of projects, visit www.eanesbond.com.
Eanes ISD will start projects that may be completed while students are away over the summer. More extensive construction-related projects will commence after necessary zoning and permitting approvals are obtained and other details are determined, which will likely be in the next year.
In the Trustees election, Ms. Heather Sheffield won the unopposed race for Place 6, while Mr. James Spradley won the race for Place 4 with 56.5 percent and Ms. Ellen Balthazar won her seventh consecutive term in Place 7 with 79 percent.