Beginner’s Guide to the proposed Dallas ISD bond package

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On Aug. 21, Dallas ISD trustees voted to place a $1.6 billion bond program for Dallas ISD on the November ballot.

The bond program is intended to provide new schools, facility improvements across the district, and support for growing programs.

The Hub has compiled a guide to inform people regarding the bond proposal.

What would the bond finance?

The bond proposal, which is not expected to raise tax rates, includes the following:

  • $465 million for nine new schools
  • $195 million for 326 new classrooms and expanded facilities
  • $233 million for educational adequacy, including new technology, science labs, and gym/locker room enhancements
  • $92.6 million for new educational programs including prekindergarten expansion and career and technical programs
  • $500 million for capital improvements such as new roofs, HVAC, windows and doors, plumbing, and site improvements
  • $105 million for land acquisition, demolition and early priority projects

All bond projects, project amounts, and program allocating are estimates that remain subject to district discretion. Click here for more details about the proposed projects.

Who decided what should be in the proposed bond package?

The proposal is based on recommendations compiled by the Future Facilities Task Force with input from numerous sources including Future Facilities Task Force members, Dallas ISD staff, school administrators, community members, and facility assessment reports commissioned by the district.

Who is on the task force?

Individuals appointed from each trustee district who represent a variety of geographic areas, businesses, and communities are on the task force. Several Dallas ISD principals are also task force members. Click here to view the full list of task force members.

When is the bond election?

Nov. 3, 2015.

When was the last bond election?

Voters approved bond proposals for Dallas ISD in 2002 and 2008 that, taken together, created 23 new elementary schools; six new middles schools; six new high schools; a male leadership academy; and multiple new district facilities. The bonds also funded hundreds of new classrooms in existing schools, infrastructure repairs to almost every district school, and technology improvements.

Click here to view an interactive map detailing the schools that were created or significantly expanded due to the two bond packages.

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