The results are in and Aledo ISD’s $149,950,000 bond was passed by its voters, 61.75% [3,876] voting for and 38.25% [2,401] voting against.
“We are so grateful that our Aledo ISD community has supported the proposal of their fellow community members on the Bearcat Growth Committee,” AISD Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn said. “Through their impressive process, the BGC members used their skills, expertise and knowledge of — and input from the community — to build a bond proposal that voters could get behind that addresses student enrollment. We look forward to getting to work immediately to carry out the BGC’s vision.”
The bond was recommended by the Bearcat Growth Committee, which was put together in January consisting of community members, parents and AISD staff. The 38-member committee met 10 times from January to August to examine the district’s increasing student enrollment data, financial information, facility needs and instructional goals.
“We have such a wonderful community and this shows they are committed to supporting the district’s future and providing the best learning environment possible for our children,” Bearcat Growth Committee Co-Chair Christi James said.
Fellow BGC Co-Chair Jim Scott added, “The BGC worked tirelessly to put forth a bond proposal that addressed the district’s critical needs and our community’s expectations. Our community has responded that its expectations were met. The best thing of all is that the benefit of this bond goes to our kids in Aledo ISD.”
The bond package includes a second middle school, $62,501,000; Aledo Middle School renovation/expansion, $33,446,000; a sixth elementary school, $35,858,000; McAnally Intermediate renovation into an elementary school, $9,611,000; Vandagriff Elementary renovation into an early childhood campus, $1,709,000; furniture replacement at Coder, Stuard and McCall elementary schools, $1,800,000; future land for school sites, $4,525,000; and additional school buses, $500,000.
“This is a significant turning point in Aledo ISD’s history and it was made possible by our outstanding community,” AISD Board of Trustees President Hoyt Harris said. “I applaud the tremendous work done by the Bearcat Growth Committee members, who spent countless hours dedicated to building a well-designed proposal for our community.”
The bond will not have a tax rate increase with it and the AISD board of trustees were able to decrease the tax rate by 10 cents from $1.595 per $100 valuation to $1.493 per $100 valuation.