The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees approved an order to call a Schoolhouse Bond Election on November 8, 2011 in the amount of $249,159,215.00 for new construction, land purchases, technology, transportation and existing facilities improvements at their regular meeting on August 23.
A Citizens’ Bond Committee of more than 50 stakeholders met throughout April and May to bring a recommendation to the Board in June. The Board discussed the committee’s recommendation at a workshop in July and heard public comments prior to the August decision.
New construction for Lamar’s growing enrollment makes up the largest percentage of the bond program at $193,421,228. One of the fastest growing districts in the greater Houston area, LCISD has added almost 5,000 students over the past five years and is projected to increase by 800 to 1,000 students a year for the next 10 years. The bond program will provide two new elementary campuses, a middle school on the George Ranch High School complex and a junior high school and high school in the Fulshear area.
The new facilities follow the requirements outlined in the District’s 10-year facilities plan. Also approved in new construction costs are Phase 2 of the Satellite Transportation center, a new Ag barn and a new natatorium. Land purchases for new campuses are included at $2,700,000.
The Citizens’ Bond Committee also focused on needs at existing facilities to keep facility standards consistent at every campus. Improvements will be made at 27 of LCISD’s existing facilities at a cost of $23,791,754. Detailed information of each project can be found at www.lcisd.org.
The remaining bond program dollars will be used for technology updates throughout the district in the amount of $21,168,000 and to provide replacements for buses currently being used that are 15 years old or older, at an estimated $6,100,779.
For more detailed information, please click on the Bond 2011 icon on the LCISD website, www.lcisd.org.