Hays school district seeking $250 million for projects,
Bond proposal would pay for new schools to accommodate growth.
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.