Questions

Our current elementary is over capacity.  The need to split that campus to house our current student body as well as future growth.  According to our demographic study, we have seen and are expecting rapid growth.  This bond will allow the District to create space for current students and future students. It will also allow us to expand some current CTE Programs and create new ones.

 

For the next 10 years, the District is projected to grow at a rate of 3.32% a year, which averages 110 students a year.  By the Fall, we are projected to have over 3000 students.  In 2025-2026, we will have over 3500 students and topping 4,000 students in 2029-2030.

 

Proposition A - $38,900,000:  A new elementary school for grades 2-4 on District-property on Wortham Bend.

Proposition B - $18,290,000:  Upgraded Ag and Wood Fabrication Shops at the HS and a new competition gym located between the MS and HS with additional CTE classrooms.

 

  • The proposed ES campus will split the current ES and create 2 campuses with a smaller student body to supervise.  Student drop-off and pick-up at both campuses will be more organized and safe.
  • The proposed gym/classroom building will provide a secure walkway for MS and HS students.
  • The new ES will be embedded with updated safety features.
  • Fencing around CSIS is planned so that the campus can be secured during the school day.
  • Door alarms and window screens are planned for CSHS.

The Board of Trustees and our administrative team have spent the last three years developing a 10-Year Facility Plan.  The 10-Year Plan is based on current and projected enrollment growth, changes in the tax base, curriculum goals, and parent/community expectations.  A May 2021 bond would implement Phase 1 of the Plan.

 

CAMPUS

CAMPUS
CAPACITY

CURRENT
ENROLLMENT

China Spring Elementary School

900

931 (plus 35 who plan to return after the pandemic)

China Spring Intermediate School

750

663

China Spring Middle School

525

446

China Spring High School

950

850

A school district’s tax rate is comprised of two tax rates: the Maintenance & Operations tax (M&O) and the Interest & Sinking tax (I&S). The M&O rate is used to operate the school district, including salaries, utilities, furniture, supplies, food, gas, etc. The I&S rate is used to pay off school bonds. Bond sales only affect the I&S rate.  CSISD’s current tax rate is $1.2574, which is $.0367 lower than last year’s rate.

 

 

HOME VALUE

PROP A
MONTHLY IMPACT
PROP B
MONTHLY IMPACT
BOTH PROPS
MONTHLY IMPACT

$150,000

$8.60 $4.05 $12.65

$200,000

$12.04 $5.66

$17.70

$250,000

$15.48 $7.28 $22.76

$300,000

$18.92 $8.90

$27.82

No.  By law, if you receive an Age 65 or Older Exemption, your homestead tax rate cannot be raised above the frozen level unless you make significant improvements to your home.  A significant improvement would be anything beyond normal maintenance or repair, such as building a swimming pool or adding a garage or game room.

In 2013 voters approved a $15.31M bond for the High School renovation/addition project.  The monies added 13 new classrooms, renovated one band hall and built a new band hall, new dining hall, new kitchen, and renovated all restrooms and locker rooms/showers and toilets. We also built a second play gym at the elementary with restrooms and 4 new classrooms at the elementary.

The Black Box at the MS was not originally part of the 2013 bond.  However, due to conservative budgeting and construction savings, the District was able to include it as a value-add project for our community.

The 2013 bond cost the owner of the average $158,494 home about $20.47 a month.

In 2007 voters approved a $22M bond to build the new Intermediate School on Flat Rock Road as well as build the High School Science Wing and front entrance canopy. The District also added four classrooms onto the middle school campus.

The 2007 bond was passed at the same time as House Bill 1, which compressed property taxes statewide, so the CSISD tax rate actually went down.

CSISD has 3 bonds outstanding:

The 2002 bond will be paid off in 2027.
The 2007 bond will be paid off in 2032.
The 2013 bond will be paid off in 2043.

Since 2015, the Board of Trustees have taken advantage of lower interest rates and refinanced existing bonds resulting in a savings of $10,509,831 for taxpayers.

 

China Spring ISD $1.2574
Connally ISD $1.234741
Gatesville ISD $1.1645
La Vega ISD $1.299955
Lorena ISD $1.332666
McGregor ISD $1.16728
Midway ISD $1.2364
Robinson ISD $1.26093

The timing of Phase 2 depends on how quickly enrollment grows, but it is anticipated to be 2027-2028.  The projects would be:

  • New Middle School campus for grades 6-8 on District-owned land
  • With the opening on the new MS, CSHS would occupy the entire MS/HS site to serve grades 9-12.
  • Once the new MS opens, the Primary, Elementary, and Intermediate would become three Pre-K – 5 elementary campuses organized by attendance zones.

The Board would revise the facility proposal and try again in the future.  In the meantime, the board and administration would develop plans to address facility needs as enrollment requires.  More portable classrooms will be purchased.

Yes. The projects would be phased for minimal disruptions to the learning environment. We have had several campuses renovated during the school year over the last 15 years, and our administration will create a plan to maintain student and staff safety.

No.  By law, bond funds cannot be used for payroll expenses.

CSISD does not determine property value.  Instead, State law requires County appraisal districts to appraise properties at least 95% percent of market value.  If they do not, the appraisal district fails the Comptroller‘s ratio study, and the State reduces funding to local schools.

The State Comptroller’s ratio study compares sales prices with appraised values set by the County appraisal districts.  So, if McLennan County does not pass the Comptroller’s ratio study, CSISD and many other neighboring districts could lose millions of dollars in state funding.

Because the May 2020 election was cancelled, we are a year behind in implementing the 10-Year Facility Plan.  To fast-track construction and contain inflation costs, we have begun designing the elementary school. For this campus, we will be ready to bid it out in mid-May and break ground in July, which should allow for move-in around August 2022. For Prop B we will start the design in May, hopefully break ground in December or January, and be in the building by December 2022.

 

Early voting begins on Monday, April 19 and runs through Tuesday, April 27.
Election Day is Saturday, May 1 from 7 am – 7 pm.

Anyone at least 18 years of age and living within the boundaries of CSISD is eligible to vote.  You must be registered by Thursday, April 1 in order to participate in this election.