LISD Board calls for bond on Nov ballot

Lockhart ISD school board calls for bond on November ballot
Posted on 08/05/2019
District News Release


DATE: August 5, 2019


Lockhart ISD school board calls for bond on November ballot 

In a 7-0 vote at a special called meeting Monday evening, the Lockhart ISD Board approved an order calling a $92.35 million bond election for Nov. 5, 2019.

In photo: LISD Board Members Warren Burnett, Brenda Spillmann, Vice President Michael Wright, President Steve Johnson, Superintendent Mark Estrada, Secretary Tom Guyton, Becky Lockhart, and Carl Cisneros


Long-Range Facility Planning Committee Liaisons Fred Weber, Shirley Williams, and Wayne Walther presented the committee’s recommendations to the board, calling for district-wide projects to accommodate the district’s fast growth; address safety and security needs; expand current facility capacity with additions, renovations, and district improvements; and acquire land. 


Major components of the district’s 2019 bond program include a new Lockhart Intermediate School for students in grades 5 - 6,  additions to Lockhart High School, construction of a new district agricultural science facility, safety and security enhancements district-wide, and renovations and upgrades to all campuses. 




According to a demographic report by School District Strategies, student enrollment in Lockhart ISD has increased from 4,500 in 2008 to a record enrollment of 6,120 in 2018. During that same time period, student enrollment increased by 34 percent in elementary schools, 50 percent at the junior high school, and 25 percent in high schools. The Texas Education Agency has designated Lockhart ISD as a fast-growth school district.


The new Lockhart Intermediate School would increase capacity at the elementary schools by moving fifth grade students. Additionally, it would relieve crowding at Lockhart Junior High School by moving sixth grade students to the intermediate school. Classroom additions proposed for Lockhart High School would provide adequate space for the record class sizes currently enrolled at Lockhart Junior High School. In total, the recommendations would increase district-wide capacity by 1,500 students. 


In his closing remarks Fred Weber said, “The school district is an investment. The bond is important because it is an investment in the kids. It’s an investment in this community.”


If approved, the $92.35 million bond would result in a net tax increase ranging between 3.9 to 8.9 cents per $100 of property value, depending on the bond issuance strategy the Board selects. With the taxable value of a Lockhart ISD property averaging $118,350, the average tax rate increase would be approximately $3.85 to $8.78 per month. Seniors 65 years of age and older would not be impacted by the potential increase. 


“The Board was very clear in its charge to the committee members--to advocate for safe, innovative, and cost effective buildings for 21st century life-long learners and to consider all pertinent and available information to develop a long-range facility plan that serves the needs of all Lockhart ISD students,” said LISD Board President Steve Johnson. “In hearing the committee’s recommendations this evening, the committee has successfully met this charge, and we are grateful for the work of all of its members to develop these recommendations thoughtfully and strategically.”

The committee was comprised of parents, citizens, business leaders, teachers, PTA leaders, retirees, civic leaders, city council members, and members of the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce.


“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the school district, I would like to thank all of the committee members for volunteering their time to help chart the best course for LISD, but most importantly, for the students we serve,” added Superintendent Estrada. “The commitment of our community members in supporting our Lions is a big reason why we are #LockhartLeading.”


Additional information on the bond program will soon be available on the Lockhart ISD website at www.lockhartisd.org.  







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