Details of PISD’s proposed bond package

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A Pearland ISD bond election was expected to be called this week after a public input session on the issue.

The date proposed for the bond referendum is Nov. 8.

A bond election is among recommendations of a committee of about 45 community and business leaders, parents and teachers who toured campuses, talked with staff and administrators and sought feedback from the community.

Long-Range Planning Community Advisory Committee co-chairs Glen Moreau and Bob Richter, along with committee member Dena Hanks, answered trustees’ questions during an Aug. 2 public workshop.

Pearland ISD Trustees were set to meet this Tuesday evening, Aug. 9; among agenda items was calling the Nov. 8 election.

The advisory committee has identified 36 projects district-wide to renovate and upgrade facilities and technology and address enrollment growth — without the need to build new schools, according to the district.

Advisors have calculated that the total amount of the bond election proposition could be $220 million in order to remain within the recommendation of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, a figure that would allow completion of 36 of 37 projects, allowing about $9 million for inflation adjustments. The remaining lowest priority recommendation is construction of an indoor athletic building at both Dawson and Pearland High schools.

Ranking high on the list are $19 million in infrastructure and equipment, $35 million in additions and renovations at Dawson High, $12.1 million in cameras, accessed control and security at campuses, $5.4 million in renovations at Pearland High and $8.2 million in renovations at Junior High West.

Farther down on the priorities are upgrades to Pearland High baseball and softball facilities, new Pearland High Administration Building, additional 3,000 seats and 400 parking spaces at PISD Stadium and renovation of its press box.

Story by Nicole Jones

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