Facing an explosion of growth, for the first time in 10 years Leander ISD officials are asking voters to approve a school bond package to fund several construction projects and improvements to meet standards and population projections.
The $454 million bond proposal was unanimously approved by the school board Thursday and will be on the November general election ballot.
The proposed $454 million bond issue would fund construction of four new schools, expand Vandegrift High School, improve school facilities across the district, add career and technical education facilities facilities at high schools, improve maintenance facilities and refresh outdated technology.
The Leander ISD currently educates over 39,000 students and is growing by more than 1,200 students per year. Leander ISD officials said that with the bond issues to pay for new schools and important school infrastructure improvements, the school board will not need to increase its current tax rate.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the bond committee and staff for their work,” said Pamela Waggoner, the Leander ISD School Board President. “This has been a vetted process through multiple layers to prepare the best package for students, educators and voters.”
Early voting for the November general election will run from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. Election day is Nov. 7. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. School board officials pledged that if voters approve the initiative, the school district will maintain the current school tax rate which stands at $1.51 per $100 valuation.
“After a thoughtful process of assessing the needs for Leander ISD, our goal now as an administration will be to provide information to our voters,” said Dan Troxell, LISD superintendent.
The Leander ISD plans to build three new elementary schools as well as one new middle school. If voters approve the bond issue, teachers and students across the district will receive new technology through replacement of outdated devices and district-wide infrastructure upgrades, totaling, $38.7 million.
The proposal calls for reducing overcrowding at Vandegrift High School with new construction including an additional building with 14 new classrooms, increasing VHS capacity from 2,400 to 2,900 students.