Hays school district seek­ing $250 mil­lion for projects,

Bond pro­posal would pay for new schools to ac­com­mo­date growth.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Melissa B. Taboada mtaboada@states­man.com Bond

The Hays school district trustees have called for a $250 mil­lion bond pack­age in May that, if vot­ers ap­prove, would build three new schools and new fa­cil­i­ties or up­grades for stu­dent pro­grams.

It is the largest school bond in the district’s his­tory.

The pro­posal comes 50 years af­ter the school district was founded, con­sol­i­dat­ing three school sys­tems (Buda, Kyle and Wim­ber­ley) into one with, then, just over 1,100 stu­dents.

The district’s growth has ex­ploded in the past decade, in­creas­ing 61 per­cent since the 2006-07 school year, from 11,945 to 19,260 stu­dents this year.

The tax rate of 1.54 per $100 of as­sessed prop­erty value will re­main un­changed un­der the pro­posal, district of­fi­cials said.

More than three-quar­ters of the bond funds would go in the first propo­si­tion for new schools, largely to ac­com­mo­date growth, and in­cludes the district’s third high school and two ele­men­taries, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing Buda El­e­men­tary School.

The district’s two high schools, with ca­pac­i­ties of about 2,250 each, now have a com­bined en­roll­ment of more than 5,400 stu­dents.

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