The Bond Breakdown
The district did not plan to come back for a bond so soon, hoping to wait at least another year – but a series of urgent needs, including new essential repairs and state-mandated changes to the science curriculum, led to this interim proposal. The trustees are also contemplating having another full bond proposal in 2010 and then planning regularly scheduled bond elections to avoid similar interim proposals.
The election includes:
Proposition 1: Growth and overcrowding relief, and academic achievement
$187.8 million Tax rate impact: 0.9 cents
Includes a new undesignated elementary; extra classrooms at Barrington, Hart, and Langford elementaries; extra labs for science and math to meet new high school graduation requirements; theatre renovations for McCallum and Lanier high schools; computer systems for teaching and online testing; and the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee's prize project, an early childhood center to relieve pressure on Linder Elementary.
Proposition 2: Health, safety and security, and environmental improvements
$73.9 million Tax rate impact: 0.4 cents
Includes phased replacement of school buses with low-emission models, capacitor banks to reduce electricity use, kitchen repairs, new central cold storage, new payroll software, and critical campus renovations.
Proposition 3: Education, special programs, and expansion
$82 million Tax rate impact: 0.4 cents
Contains three proposals added to the CBAC proposals by the trustees: a districtwide performing-arts center (location still to be determined); classroom additions and investment in fine-arts facilities at Anderson High; and the land for a new south high, included when trustees became concerned that sufficiently large plots are in short supply.