The proposed United I.S.D. Bond for 408-point-7 million dollars is up for a vote in November and is suppose to address the challenge of overpopulation within the school district along with other things. James Johnson has more, James.
Most of us think of new buildings when we hear about school bond issues, but in many cases the smartest thing to do with bond dollars is take care of existing structures. That's part of the overall strategy United I.S.D. is imposing.
After several months of consideration and meetings the 121 member citizen's bond committee approved a 408.7 million dollar plan for school bond expenditures. The money from this bond will not only go toward the construction of new schools, but the renovation and additions to existing facilities.
[cg:newsuper\eddie zuniga\u.i.s.d. Associate superintendent] 2:13:00 <<<"we're looking at additions and renovations to existing campuses. For example here at Trautman Elementary were looking at adding 16 new classrooms to accommodate the growth, and get rid the portables">>>
Trautman Elementary is just one of the schools receiving bond money to upgrade it's campus. Once the bond is approved according to United I.S.D. associate superintendent, Eddie Zuniga, all the campuses part of the United I.S.D. school district will receive money from the bond.
[cg:newsuper\eddie zuniga\u.i.s.d. Associate superintendent] 02:02:19 <<<"it goes into several area, there's going to be new schools, 14 new campuses, which include 9th grade campuses, middle schools, and elementary schools.
Some of the renovations Trautman Elementary will be seeing is the enclosing of their breezeway, upgrades to their surveillance system, keyless entry at each of their exterior doors and upgrades to their wireless infrastructure.
[cg:newsuper\eddie zuniga\u.i.s.d. Associate superintendent] 03:49:02 <<<"security and technology were the biggest concerns.>>>" 04:04:19 <<<"we're addressing everything the committee feels was necessary for the district".>>>
Over the last five years United I.S.D. has seen an increase of ten thousand students and are projecting to see another four thousand the following five years. The district is growing and with this bond they hope to accommodate the growth.
The committee that came up with the amount of the bond and how the money would be allocated was made of district staff and members of the community. Out of the 408.7 million dollar bond, 30 million will be allocated just for renovations. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.