Despite the current conditions of funding in Parker County schools, the Brock ISD school board passed a bond for $8.9 million toward upgrades for its schools.
The bond proposal calls for new softball and baseball fields, along with improvements to parking facilities and football facilities for the junior high and the high school. A new recreation facility for the elementary and junior high school and an agricultural project center with a greenhouse facility is also proposed.
The current tax rate for homeowners in the Brock ISD is $1.39 per $100. With this new bond, which will become effective in 2011-12, an estimated $.08 increase is expected. At this time officials could not comment on an exact number due to the final appraisals not being in until the end of April.
If approved, the bond will allow for $1.070 million toward a new softball field, $1.639 million for a baseball field and $3,982,440 toward new football facilities at the high school.
In addition to the sports facilities, the board approved $444,100 for a new agriculture center, livestock pens, a greenhouse, porch and parking for the area.
For the junior high school, $718,750 is budgeted for an addition to the football facility including a field house and weight room, and $29,600 will be for new playground equipment.
The elementary school will be receiving $59,100 for new playground equipment and improvements to the parking lot.
The remaining balance of $957,010 will cover other fees, such as architect and engineer costs.
Currently, all of the schools in the Brock ISD were given the highest possibly rating of “exemplary” for the 2008-09 school year, which only 9.5 percent of Texas schools received this rating, as well as only 22 districts across the state have achieved this.