On Election Day, Brock voters have the opportunity to decide on the Brock ISD bond election.

The $21.36 million bond proposal would pay for improvements district-wide, for the high school, junior high school and a contingency allowance of $1 million to cover unforeseen costs related to the projects, all without a tax rate increase. 

The district-wide plan includes security enhancements at all campuses, five new school buses and technology upgrades to increase infrastructure and access points. This part would cost $700,000 and be completed by fall 2020, though the buses would be purchased over the course of five years. 

At Brock High School, classrooms would be added, including career and technology spaces, and the building capacity would be increased to 800. A lab would also be added to the agriculture building for welding and fabrication courses. These spaces would open by fall 2022, and the budget for this project would be $10.16 million. 

Brock Junior High School would also receive more classrooms, which would raise capacity to 650 and would include a gymnasium. The expansion would allow the sixth grade to move from the intermediate school to the junior high. This project would cost $9.5 million and would open by fall 2021. 

All of the project cost estimates include construction cost, escalation due to inflation, fees, permits, furniture, equipment and storm shelter code requirements.

BISD is expected to face almost 28 percent growth, or 467 students, during the next four years. Brock Intermediate School is expected to be over capacity by next school year, and all campuses are projected to be over capacity by the 2023 school year. The bond projects are to tackle these capacity concerns at all campuses except the elementary school.

The board of trustees approved creating a Citizen’s Advisory Committee after receiving a demographics report that detailed the district’s projected growth. The committee met multiple times and developed a recommendation for the school board.

The school board approved calling for a bond election in a 5:2 vote in August, with members John Brunner and John McGuire voting opposed. Originally, McGuire voted against calling for the bond election because the proposal doesn’t address needs at the elementary school, but earlier this month, he asked to change his vote to approve.

Early voting starts Monday, and Election Day is on Nov. 5.

For more information on the BISD bond, visit https://www.brockisdbond.net/ 

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