Why is the District holding a bond election?
The Board unanimously called for a $50 million May bond election based on the recommendation of the Bond Advisory Committee to address the age and condition of the elementary campuses and to modernize A.C. Jones High School.
What is a bond?
A bond is similar to a home mortgage. School districts borrow money in the form of bonds to finance the design and construction of projects. Bonds are approved by voters, then sold to investors to raise money to pay for the projects
What are the bond propositions?
Proposition A is $37 million for a new unified elementary campus. The unified campus would combine students from FMC and RA Hall into 1 campus. Fifth grade would also be added. The new unified campus would serve all students in grades 1 – 5.
- Demo existing RA Hall and reuse the site
- Cost includes all classrooms, core spaces, security features, technology, furniture, and equipment
- Would be designed with staff input
- Existing staff would remain and move to the new campus
- Operating 1 unified elementary campus is estimated to save over $1 million a year in energy costs.
Proposition B is $13 million for additions and renovations to A.C. Jones High School.
- New Science Lab addition; renovations to existing Science Lab
- New Media Center
- New Weight Room
- Renovate the 400 wing for Law Enforcement, Robotics, Agriculture, and Welding
- New Band Hall addition; renovations to existing Band and Choir Halls
How much will this bond cost?
$0 a month for voters 65 and older who have an Age 65 Freeze.
$15.63 a month for Proposition A on a home valued at $75,000.
$5.63 a month for Proposition B on a home valued at $75,000.
$21.26 a month for BOTH propositions on a home valued at $75,000.
Will my taxes go up if I am over 65 years of age?
No. By law, if you have applied for and have received an Age 65 or Older Exemption, your taxes cannot be raised above the frozen level unless you make significant improvements or additions to your home. An example of a significant improvement project would be adding a swimming pool or game room to your home.
Our facilities have served our District for many years, but the cost to maintain and operate older facilities increases as the buildings get older. New facilities are more efficient and cheaper to operate. Newer, updated facilities are also embedded with 21st century learning and safety features.
How old are our current campuses?
- HMD Early Childhood Center was built in 2004 (14 years old).
- Moreno Junior High was built in 1992 (26 years old).
- RA Hall Elementary was built in 1967 (51 years old).
- FMC Elementary was built in 1958 (60 years old).
- C. Jones High School was built in 1955 (63 years old).
- Thomas Jefferson Intermediate was built in 1934 (84 years old).
When was the last bond passed by Beeville ISD voters?
In 2008, Beeville ISD voters passed a $12 million bond.
How was this bond developed?
The District convened a Bond Advisory Committee to study options and recommend a proposal for Board consideration. The Committee consisted of parents, community members, business owners, students, current and former Board members. The Committee invested over 386 hours touring schools, discussing options, studying the financial impact, prioritizing, and agreeing on a facility recommendation.
What were the Bond Advisory Committee priorities?
Over $100 million in improvements were identified in the District’s facility assessment. The Committee narrowed the list down to 2 areas: Addressing the age and condition of the current elementary schools and modernizing A.C. Jones High School.
Why not replace FMC and RA Hall with two new schools?
The Bond Advisory Committee looked at that option. The cost of 2 new campuses was estimated at $45 million versus $37 million for 1 unified campus.
Will the schools be open during construction?
Yes, and the projects would be coordinated to minimize the disruptions while school is in session.
What will happen to the Thomas Jefferson campus?
Under the proposed plan, fifth graders would attend the new unified elementary school, sixth grade students would move to Moreno Junior High, and Thomas Jefferson would close.
Will any jobs be lost as a result of combining the elementary campuses?
The District has no plans for a reduction in staff. The same number of students will continue to be in our District, and the same number of staff members will continue to serve them.
Can I see building plans of the proposed improvements?
The projects have not been designed yet. If voters give their approval, then staff members will meet with the architects for collaborative design sessions.
Who can vote?
Anyone at least 18 years of age and living within the boundaries of Beeville ISD is eligible to vote. You must be registered by Thursday, April 5 in order to participate in this election. You do not need to be a property owner to vote. You can check your voter registration status at www.votetexas.gov.
Where and when can I vote?
Early voting begins Monday, April 23 and ends Tuesday, May 1. All early voting will be held at the Elections Administration Office, 107 S. St. Mary’s Street in Beeville.
Mon., 4/23, Wed., 4/25, and Fri., 4/27 from 8 am – 5 pm
Tues., 4/24 and Thurs., 4/26 from 7 am – 7 pm
Mon., 4/30 and Tues., 5/1 from 8 am – 7 pm
Election Day is Sat., 5/5 from 7 am – 7 pm. You must vote at your precinct on Election Day.
Precincts 1, 3, 10, 16, and 18
Sub-Ward BIS1 and BIS2
Bee County Community Affairs
210 E. Corpus Christi
Beeville, TX. 78102
Precinct 6 and 19
Sub-Ward BIS2 and BIS2
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
601 N. 1st Street
Skidmore, TX. 78389
Police Training Center
608 W. Milam
Beeville, TX. 78102
How will the ballot be worded?
There will be 2 propositions – Proposition A and Proposition B.
The Issuance of $37,000,000 of bonds to construct, acquire and equip school buildings, including a new elementary school, and levying the tax in payment thereof.
The Issuance of $13,000,000 of bonds to construct, acquire and equip school buildings, including renovations and improvements to the high school (which includes: additions and renovations to the band hall, renovation of the choir hall and addition of a new weight room) and levying the tax in payment thereof.
Voters will be asked FOR or AGAINST Proposition A and FOR or AGAINST Proposition B.