Bond Package 2007

Based upon input provided by the 60 member Citizens’ Bond Committee (CBC), the Pflugerville Independent School District Board of Trustees has called a $125 million bond election for November 6. The Board took this action at its regular business meeting on August 16.

The Board also approved the administration’s recommendation to retire $5 million in bond debt early, saving PISD taxpayers nearly $2 million in interest expenses over the next ten years. Based upon that savings and the assumption that the district’s tax base will continue to increase, PISD plans to fund the proposal without increasing the debt service tax rate.

As noted in a recent article in Forbes magazine, the Pflugerville community is the 23rd fastest growing community in the nation, an important fact noted by the Trustees as they considered the projects included in the bond package. With more than 20,000 enrolled for the 2007-08 school year, PISD is expected to increase by an additional 5,000-6,500 students during the next three years.

The bond package includes the construction of two elementary schools and one middle school; planning for the district’s fourth high school; renovation of existing facilities, including updates to campus security systems; updates to technology, including a replacement schedule, instructional technology and network enhancements; and money to purchase property for future school sites in response to the district’s expected growth in the coming years.

“The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased with the work our citizen bond committee and district leadership accomplished while preparing this bond proposal,” Board of Trustees President Dr. Carol Fletcher said. “The committee provided valuable guidance for the district as we try to address continued growth in the Pflugerville area, while ensuring every student has a safe environment in which to learn.”

The CBC worked throughout the late spring and summer months to study the district’s growth and facilities needs as they worked with district administration to determine which projects to include in the bond package. The PISD Trustees have worked with district administration to finalize the bond proposal during two workshops in August.

Below is a list of the specific categories within the bond package:

Description Projected Cost
New Schools – New buildings to address our district’s growing student population
  • Two elementary schools with planned student capacity of 900 each
  • One middle school with planned student capacity of 1,500
$63,600,000
New Schools – Planning for our district’s next high school
  • Architectural design fee
  • Engineering fee for evaluation of site
$4,000,000
Student Instruction – Facility improvements to support teaching and learning
  • Construction or renovation to add 16 high school science labs to support implementation of 4x4 mandate
  • Facilities and equipment for development of career academies at each high school
  • Construction or renovation to add four new Career and Technology Education labs at PHS
  • Construction of new band hall, practice rooms, and storage at PHS
  • Renovation to CHS band hall and convert existing PHS band space to dance studio and Fine Arts Center dressing rooms
$18,320,000
Student Instruction – Technology improvements to support teaching and learning
  • Install ceiling mounted projectors in all middle school and elementary school classrooms
  • Develop model technology classroom pilot program
  • Upgrade district wide video distribution capabilities
  • Continue district wide replacement of computers on four-year replacement cycle
$7,500,000
Safety and Security – Renovations to support a safe learning environment
  • Install updated security systems at all schools
  • Purchase standardized mobile communication systems for all schools
$3,408,000
Building Renovations – Caring for our existing facilities
  • Replace and upgrade HVAC systems district wide to optimize energy efficiency and sustain high standards of air quality
  • Resurface and restripe parking lots at CHS and PHS
  • Replace and upgrade tennis court lights at CHS and PHS
  • Construct restroom facilities to serve softball, baseball, and tennis courts at CHS
  • Renovate building annex at PES
  • Replace exterior doors at PMS
  • Replace exterior doors at WVMS
$9,889,000
Technology Infrastructure – Providing technology support to our growing district
  • Construct (as part of new or renovated school) second network operating center to provide expanded support and redundancy of district networks
  • Upgrade and expand district network, server, and storage capacity
  • Install wireless networks in common areas at all schools
  • Pilot voice over IP technologies at new schools and administration facilities
$5,600,000
Future School Sites – Securing land to support our district’s growth
  • Purchase and evaluate land suitable for the construction of future schools
$8,500,000
Contingency and Bond Issuance Costs
  • Contingency funds to address unanticipated changes in the construction market or unforeseen project costs
  • Bond issuance costs related to the sale of bonds (legal and financial advisor)
$4,183,000
 Grand Total $125,000,000