2014 Bond Election

Saturday, May 10

$125 million

 
To print the Bond Quick Facts PDF, click here. 
 
Wichita Falls ISD will hold a bond election on May 10, 2014. This bond program is a continuation of an overall facilities plan, beginning in 2006, to update and consolidate aging WFISD facilities. The 2014 bond package was developed by the Board of Trustees with input from a diverse citizens’ committee, including parents, local citizens, business and faith-based leaders, college representatives and school staff. The citizens’ committee met nine times over three months, studied a district-wide facility assessment, demographics, tax information and community surveys and toured WFISD and other school facilities as they developed recommendations for consideration by the Board. After several meetings to deliberate these recommendations, the Board voted to call a bond election. Current plans for the use of the bond funds are described below.
 

 
The bond package, totaling $125 million, addresses three
major areas – impacting every campus and student in the district:

• Safety and security improvements across the district

• Construction of a new facility to prepare students for careers, industry certifications or higher education

• New construction, renovation and repurposing of existing facilities to address aging and inefficient campuses and infrastructure at the secondary level (Grades 6-12)
 

 
 WHAT'S PROPOSED 
 
SAFETY & SECURITY ($4 million)

Address safety and security at all schools in the district,
including video surveillance, access control entrance systems,
facility lighting, mass alert systems, fencing, signage and
building security enhancements

NEW FACILITY FOR CAREER & COLLEGE
PREPARATION ($24.2 million)


Construct a new, centralized career and technical education
center to prepare students for careers, industry certifications
or higher education; offer programs such as Culinary Arts,
Machining, HVAC, Pharmacy Tech, Emergency Medical Tech,
Information Technology, Industrial Automation, Education
and Early College programs; partner with local businesses,
organizations and institutions of higher education

NEW & RENOVATED HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES
($84.8 million)


Construct a new facility to replace Rider High School and
Wichita Falls High School.

Rider High School is 55-years-old, and Wichita Falls High

School is 89-years-old; both received a “poor” combined score
rating in a third-party facility assessment conducted in 2013,
meaning the building and/or a significant number of its systems
are in poor condition and require major repair, renovation or
replacement. Proposed projects include:

• Construct one new high school for 1,900 students in grades 10-

12 at the Memorial Stadium complex ($64 million)
 
• Renovate/Repurpose McNiel Junior High as a Ninth Grade
Center for 740 students, which will be adjacent to the new
high school, including new flooring, paint, ceilings, fixtures
and handicap accessibility ($2.3 million)
 
• Renovate Hirschi High School to create a smaller high school
option for 850 students in Grades 9-12, including a new front
entrance facade, HVAC and building upgrades, handicap
accessibility and improved athletic fields with metal bleachers
($10 million)
 
• Renovate Memorial Stadium, including a new parking lot and
driveways, sidewalks, bus security enclosure, fencing, locker room
expansion, restroom renovations, press box expansion, handicap
accessibility and concession renovations ($8.5 million)

RENOVATED & REPURPOSED JUNIOR HIGH
SCHOOL FACILITIES ($12 million)


Renovate and expand existing junior high school facilities. This
will add capacity at the elementary level, eventually allowing
the district to consolidate and close additional aging elementary
facilities. Proposed projects include:

• Renovate existing Rider High School and repurpose it as

a junior high school, including new flooring, paint, ceilings,
electrical, plumbing, HVAC, handicap accessibility ($4.4 million)
 
• Renovate and increase student capacity at Barwise Junior High
School, including roof, flooring, paint, ceilings, lighting, handicap
accessibility and new classrooms for 250 students ($6.6 million)
 
• Repair Kirby Junior High School foundation ($1 million)

TOTAL BOND PROPOSAL: $125,000,000   
 
TAX IMPACT: The proposed bond program will require an additional 
12.1 cents to the current tax rate (net). This represents an increase
of approximately $10 per month for a $100,000 home.
 
VOTERS OVER 65 OR DISABLED: Under state law, if you have applied
for and received the Age 65 Freeze on your homestead, your school
taxes cannot be raised above their frozen level.   
   
   EARLY VOTING: APRIL 28-MAY 6, 2014    ELECTION DAY VOTING: MAY 10, 2014