Alvarado ISD will soon have a new addition to its junior high school.
Residents within the Alvarado ISD boundaries approved a $11.15 million bond with 739 votes for and 512 against on Tuesday.
The bond package includes an addition to Alvarado Junior High School, addresses student growth and beings a grade realignment process within the district.
AISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes said they're thankful for the community's support of this first step in the district's long-term vision the Facilities Steering Committee has for the district.
"This is an exciting time to be an Alvarado Indian, and what happened tonight will benefit not only our current students but Alvarado students for generations to come," Estes said.
The proposal calls for the district to add about 29,000 square feet to AJHS on the north side of the building to increase its capacity for an additional 300 students. There will be more classrooms, science labs, collaboration spaces and restrooms.
The bond also calls for grades prekindergarten through second in the district’s three elementary campuses, third- through fifth-grade at Alvarado Intermediate School, sixth- through eighth-grade at AJHS and ninth- through 12th-grade at Alvarado High School.
This change is the first step in the district’s long-term grade realignment plan, which will be to eventually operate prekindergarten through fifth grade elementary schools, a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school and a ninth- through 12th-grade high school.
The district’s tax rate will not be affected.
The tax rate for the 2019-20 school year is a maintenance & operations rate of 97 cents and interest & sinking rate of 50 cents, with a combined rate of $1.47 per $100 of value. The tax rate for the 2018-19 school year was a M&O rate of $1.04 and I&S rate of 42 cents, with a combined rate of $1.46 per $100 of value.
Due to House Bill 3 being passed during this past legislative session, the M&O rate for all Texas school districts was compressed. AISD trustees then voted to increase its I&S rate to 50 cents, which is the cap the state has set, so the district can pay off its past bonds.
The plan is to have the new addition to AJHS completed in fall 2021.
For information, visit alvaradoisdbond.com.