Bushland Independent School District is one of several school districts in the area that are asking voters to pass a bond issue next month. That one is for $8.5 million. This week Bushland officials are holding meetings to show people how that money would be used, and how the bond will affect their property taxes.
Bushland ISD officials say it needs the money to take care of some major upkeep. Some will be for general maintenance for new AC units, curb repaving and a new gutter system, bus parking ports, and improvements to the Middle School's leaky roof. The district also wants to buy nine new school buses, and put in a new playground at the Elementary.
"There's an AG facility that we want construct for our AG program that will help us with our stock show animals," said Bushland ISD Superintendent, Don Wood.
But the two biggest items on its list are technology and security upgrades.
"The most important technology for a school district to have is one that is relative to the society that we live in today. We want to make sure we're up to date with that so that the kids are learning what's being used in the real world," said Bushland Technology Coordinator, Jandi Tyson.
The district has already added a liaison officer and fencing to tighten security.
"Also with security we will have a calling system or buzzing system or intercom system, cameras, also with that we'll have some monitors throughout the building," said Wood.
But then comes the biggest question, how much will it cost taxpayers?
"An annual increase in taxes for an owner of a $100,000 home is approximately $25 a year. You go up $200,000 home that's going to be about $55 a year," said Wood.
Wood added, he's confident voters will pass the bond on May 11th.
"The needs that are out there are prevalent they're a long time coming. With the technology being included in the bond we feel like that's the direction that the schools are going".
Two community meetings will be held this week. Tuesday, April 16th 6:00 p.m. at Cliffside Baptist Church. Then Thursday, April 18th at Bushland Middle School Cafeteria.
The district said it wants voters to be well informed, you can find links and numbers of administrators to call for questions by clicking here.