Dis­trict to host fo­rums on $572M bond

Projects in­clude 6th high school, 35th ele­men­tary, re­pairs to aging fa­cil­i­ties.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ni­cole Bar­rios ni­cole.bar­rios@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

Vot­ers within the Round Rock school dis­trict will get the chance to ask ques­tions and learn more about the $572.1 mil­lion bond pack­age set for the bal­lot in May.

The school dis­trict is host­ing five pub­lic fo­rums be­gin­ning March 21 at dis­trict high schools con­cern­ing the up­com­ing bond elec­tion.

In Fe­bru­ary, trustees unan­i­mously ap­proved the $572.1 mil­lion bond pack­age af­ter months of dis­cus­sion on pos­si­ble bond projects and gath­er­ing com­mu­nity feed­back.

Trustees ap­proved three propo­si­tions in the bond pack­age.

Among projects in the pack­age are a sixth high school and au­di­to­rium, a 35th ele­men­tary school, im­prove­ments to aging fa­cil­i­ties and re­plac­ing aging tech­nol­ogy at all 54 schools.

At the meet­ings, dis­trict of­fi­cials will give a pre­sen­ta­tion about the bond pack­age, dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion and take ques­tions in a town-hall-like set­ting, said dis­trict spokesman Corey Ryan.

“We want to in­form vot­ers so they can make the best de­ci­sion for them and what’s in the best in­ter­est of Round Rock ISD,” he said. “We’re ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue shar­ing the in­for­ma­tion on this bond.”

The dis­trict’s lead­er­ship team and staff will be at meet­ings to help answer ques­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the pub­lic meet­ings, the dis­trict has or­ga­nized pre­sen­ta­tions on the bond pack­age for com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions such as home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions and ser­vice groups that wish to have de­tails pre­sented at their group meet­ings.

Ryan said that start­ing af­ter spring break, the dis­trict will try to present bond in­for­ma­tion to as many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions as pos­si­ble.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are also in­vited to sub­mit feed­back and ques­tions about the bond on the dis­trict’s web­site.

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