HCISD approves sale of bonds

By Megan Wehring
Hays CISD wants to sell voter-approved bonds by September.
Trustees approved the issuance, sale and delivery of the unlimited tax school building bonds that were approved in May. About $125,000,000 of the total $191,585,092 was authorized for August 2021, with the remaining amount to be used next year.
“We are dividing it up based on our schedule of projects,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright, “and how much money we will need to pay for those particular projects.”
Voters only approved three out of six propositions on the ballot. Most of the funds, approximately $147,959,876, will go toward accommodating the growing school district. Projects listed in the bond package included middle school improvements and expansions, a new elementary school in the Sunfield development, converting the Curriculum and Instruction Department areas into classroom space as renovation and expansion for Live Oak Academy, and the purchase of 28 school buses.
The district plans to use $41,047,216 of the bond for renovating and rehabilitating assets, which includes campus flooring projects and constructing shade structures for playgrounds. Improving technology capability by upgrading the district’s firewall, storage and mobile devices will take the remaining $2,578,000.

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