Voters in the next few months will have the opportunity to support or reject two bond propositions from Peaster ISD.
Proposition A, for an amount of $25 million, calls for a new intermediate campus for grades four through six; improvements to address congestion with a new access road to Farm-to-Market Road 920; renovations to the existing elementary school, middle school and high school; remedies for drainage at the elementary and middle school campuses; and buses for transportation.
According to information provided by the district, the current enrollment at the high school is 427 students. The building has a capacity of 796 students, and is not projected to reach that capacity within the next 10 years.
The current enrollment at the middle school is 322 students, with a capacity of 352, meaning the campus is projected to be above the net student capacity by 2021-22.
The elementary school has an enrollment of 670 students with a capacity of 707, and is projected to be above net student capacity in 2021-22.
Peaster ISD’s total enrollment this school year is 1,418, and the district is projected to have 1,980 students enrolled by 2030.
Proposition B, for $1.5 million, would include a multi-purpose athletic facility to house football and serve outside boys’ and girls’ athletic programs, weight training and physical training needs.
With long-running programs in baseball, volleyball and basketball, Peaster ISD started its first high school football team in 2017, and joined the University Interscholastic League in early 2020.
The decision to call for the bond was made by trustees on Jan. 21, and came after a facility committee, comprised of citizens, staff, teachers and administrators met over the course of several months to tour existing facilities, review demographics, analyze campus capacities and learn more about academic needs.
The committee then unanimously recommended the board call for a bond election.
A breakdown of the tax rate increases, tax rate history and comparison of area tax rates can be found on the district’s website at www.peaster.net.
A town hall meeting to discuss the bond election has been scheduled for March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Early voting begins April 19.