Dallas ISD has set the record for the largest ever school bond package in Texas amounting to $3.7 billion. Surprisingly, most of the bond package was passed this election season according to a CBS 21 DFW article published on November 4th. In it they say:
“Voters passed most of the state-record $3.7 billion bond package for Dallas ISD on Election Day to help improve school infrastructure. With 100% precincts reporting, $3.5 billion of the funding initiative was passed, setting a record the largest school bond ever in Texas. The bond was divided into five propositions. Propositions A and B were passed, while C, D and E were not. A majority of the funds, more than $3.2 billion, fell under Proposition A, which goes toward 14 replacement schools and upgrades and repairs to others. The 14 replacement schools include Atwell Academy, Hall Elementary School, Peabody Elementary School, Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Longfellow Middle School, Marcus Elementary School, DeGolyer Elementary School, Geneva Heights Elementary School, Hexter Elementary School, Reilly Elementary School, Kiest Elementary School, Urban Park Elementary School, JQ Adams Elementary School and Pease Elementary School.”
D Magazine published an article online on October 26th about some interesting aspects of the proposition. In it they say:
“The most interesting portion of Dallas ISD’s historic bond is a speck of the $3.7 billion it is asking for. Proposition A allocates $3.27 billion for fixing up many of its campuses, which are an average of 52 years old. Inside that is $41 million that will provide wraparound services to communities that need them, using data and community input to guide the investments.”
With the challenges this year has posed, the huge bond package should be of tremendous aid to the Dallas ISD.