Here’s what education articles will be on the ballot in November
Two local school districts decided late Monday to turn to voters in November for help in passing two separate proposals.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Two local school districts will turn to voters in November asking for help in passing two separate proposals.
If you live in the Corpus Christi Intendant School District, you’ll vote on a $220 million bond package that would include new colleges.
Since 2008, voters have approved funds for nearly 20 new school buildings at CCISD.
CCISD’s $220 million bond proposal would focus on building a new Hamlin Middle School to replace the current 68-year-old open-wing building.
If approved, the new school would be built on Hamlin’s property while students continue their education on the current campus. The proposal also included another new middle school to meet the needs of the growing South Side.
This would be built on property the district owns near Creekside Elementary. The list goes on with nearly $13 million worth of renovations at TG Allen Elementary, which is set to house George Evens students.
Additional funds would be used for new gymnasiums at Adkins and Driscoll colleges.
According to district officials, the measure would not affect residents’ tax rate.
In the meantime, if you live in the Flour Bluff Independent School District, school cops and extra school buses are in line, depending on what voters think of a tax hike.
School leaders approved a budget of $62.5 million for the 22-23 school year.
Highlights include salary increases for all employees with a starting salary increase for teachers, as well as a 4% increase for replacements.
“In fact, one of the best years we’ve had to get our teachers’ pay scale up to $50,000 a year,” said Flour Bluff ISD Superintendent Velma Soliz-Garcia. “Our starting teacher pay rate came in, we were one of the lowest in the area at $47,000, that puts us closer to other school districts in the area.”
The council will also ask voters to approve a 7-cent tax hike in a November tax rate election.
“This is a historic year for us at Flour Bluff ISD,” Garcia said. “First year that our home values, cost of homes went up so much, HB3 legislation passed a few years ago finally impacted us to the point of bringing our rate to rock bottom and capping us at 80 cents.”
If approved, Garcia said the money would help provide four additional school police officers, so each campus has a duty officer, as well as five new school buses.
Flour Bluff ISD would still have one of the lowest tax rates in the region.
Election day is November 8, 2022.
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