Lamar CSD considering $243M bond referendum
By Betsy Dolan
The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public hearing next week to gauge support for a possible $243 million bond proposal in November.
Driving the need for a possible bond measure are projections of continued growth in West Fort Bend County, particularly Fulshear over the next decade. According to the LCISD website, enrollment will increase from 28,141 students in the 2014-15 school year to 44,218 students by the 2022-2023 school year.
The majority of the proposed bond amount would go toward new construction, including a new middle school in Fulshear and six new elementary schools by the 2019-20 school year. In addition, $3.8 million will be used to expand shell space at the planned Churchill High School in Fulshear.
Other items included in the proposed bond include
• Land sites, $20M
• Technology, $18.9M
• Upgrades to existing facilities, $15.2M
• Transportation, $5.1M
• Satellite agriculture barn, $3.7M
• Band storage at LCHS & Terry, $1.4M
• Baseball/softball complex improvements, Terry, $975,000
• Baseball scoreboard/stands, Foster, $40,000
A $40 million multi-purpose convention center was originally part of the discussion but was removed from the list. LCISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle said Fort Bend County is considering a similar facility and the district decided not to include it.
A public hearing on the proposed plan will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17 at the Brazos Crossing Administration Building, 3911 Ave. I in Rosenberg.
The public hearing was originally scheduled for June 24 but was pushed back to allow more time for the district to raise community awareness about the proposed measure.
Community members can find more information from the Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee meetings online at the district website: http://www.lcisd.org/about/bond-information.
A 60-member, citizen-led bond committee, has been meeting since May to prioritize possible items for inclusion in the measure. The committee consisted of 18 members appointed by trustees, 26 community members, 8 campus administrators and 8 students.
The LCISD Board of Trustees would need to make a decision on the bond referendum by August 18 to meet the deadline for submission onto the November ballot.
In 2011, voters passed a $249 million bond package for the construction of two new elementary schools, two new middle/junior highs, a high school, a natatorium, an ag barn, a satellite transportation facility and upgrades throughout the district.
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