NEISD Community Approves $499.95M Bond Referendum

Voters in North East ISD have approved the NEISD 2015 Bond Referendum

Voters in North East ISD have approved the NEISD bond referendum, with 66 percent voting in favor of the $499.95 million bond. The package includes a total of 69 projects and will affect all campuses within the District.

"We appreciate the community that went to the polls and voted," said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools. "A lot of great things are going to occur for students at every one of our campuses."

The District will use the bond money to upgrade, renovate or replace older campuses and facilities over the next five years. The plan is divided into five categories: Safety and Security, Technology, Operations, Extracurricular and Facilities. Some of the projects include adding security check-in vestibules, expanding the wireless network for technology devices, replacing the 60-year-old bleachers at Comalander Stadium, and expanding or replacing band halls and fine arts facilities at several middle and high schools.

The largest portion of the bond, about $225 million, will go toward facility equity and additions. This portion includes a new fine arts facility at Lee High School, the Regency Place Elementary School Portable Replacement Project, and campus replacement projects for Jackson, Krueger and Garner middle schools.

The entire process began a year ago when principals and District staff completed a comprehensive facility needs survey. Then, an online survey was conducted by parents, students, and community members. A facility steering committee was formed with community members to prioritize projects and finalize a budget. Several community meetings were held and feedback was gathered. In June, the steering committee presented a final proposal to the Board of Trustees. In August, the Board voted to approve the recommendation to hold a bond election on Nov. 3.

"I'm proud of the entire process. We provided so much information to our community, and we could not have been any more transparent," said Dr. Gottardy.

You can view the entire list of bond projects here. The total costs provided by the District include construction design fees, site development costs, construction, project contingencies, and furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The District anticipates that the bond will not increase the tax rate for at least five years.