Committee suggests list of $ 933 million bond projects to Leander ISD board of directors

Leander ISD is expected to add more than 12,000 students in 10 years to its current student population of 40,761. (Courtesy of Adobe Stock)

Leander ISD is expected to add more than 12,000 students in 10 years to its current student population of 40,761. To meet the growth, Leander’s school board could trigger a bond election as early as November.

Projects of approximately $ 933 million were recommended to the board of directors on June 17. LISD’s Citizen Facilities Advisory Committee narrowed down projects by priority from an original list totaling $ 1.5 billion. The committee consisted of 150 community members with five sub-committees.

The projects have been grouped into four categories:

  • Growth: $ 545.7 million
  • Aging schools and infrastructure: $ 357.4 million
  • Technology: $ 142.5 million
  • Picks: $ 94.3 million

These projects include elementary school, middle school, high school and district projects.

“Everyone is going to have an opportunity to win from this,” Cranston said.

Elementary school projects include five new schools, renovations and updates to 11 aging schools, and playground improvements at 27 schools. There are over 17,000 primary students and an additional 7,488 students are expected to come to LISD by 2031.

College plans include a new school, updates to five aging schools, and updates to cafetorium lighting and sound.

High school projects include updates from Cedar Park, Vista Ridge and Leander High Schools; a new building for New Hope High School; a secondary school at the beginning of the university; another school of choice; and fine arts programs. The projects will delay the construction of Secondary School No. 7 by creating the schools of choice.

District-wide projects include $ 94.3 million worth of technology projects such as interactive panels, replacement of old devices and other upgrades. Security updates, security updates, 139 buses, administrative building additions and maintenance, and a new southern transportation terminal are other district-wide projects.

The bond has a budget of between $ 600 million and $ 1 billion with no need to raise taxes, said committee co-chair Jeremy Trimble. The bond savings could be used to reduce the overall cost below $ 900 million.

A redistribution was raised between committee chairs and board members as this would affect district growth plans. Cranston said the redistribution should be discussed alongside but independently of bond projects.

“The reality is we live in a high growth neighborhood, and one of the curses of being where everyone wants to be is that sometimes it gets crowded,” Cranston said.

The deadline for the board of directors to call an election on November 2 is August 16. No action by the board was taken at the June 17 meeting.

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