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North East ISD is undergoing a facilities planning process in 2014-2015 that includes a needs assessment of its facilities, technology, equipment, library collections, and other resource program areas. The District is conducting Community Meetings to share information about districtwide needs and invite participation in the facilities planning process.
Community members brought their focus, attention and pride for their neighborhood schools to facility planning community meetings on May 19 at Madison High School and May 20 at Churchill High School. District leaders unveiled a proposed project list that has been formulated by the Facility Steering Committee, a group of 36 community members.
“To develop that final recommendation for the steering committee, we do need your input tonight,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools. During the meeting, community members had the opportunity to submit feedback and questions through text messaging, comment cards, and an electronic voting system.
The meeting started with a District financial update given by Brian Moy, executive director of finance and accounting. This financial information for NEISD taxpayers proved to be very informative. Moy broke down how the District manages debt, property tax basics, and more. The District estimates that it could issue a bond up to $500 million without a tax rate increase.
Following the financial presentation, Gary Sullivan, executive director of construction management and engineering, discussed the proposed projects within five project categories: Safety & Security, Technology, Operations, Extracurricular, and Facilities. The proposed project list displayed what both the district subject matter experts and facility steering committee members consider as priority projects. Both groups were closely paralleled in regard to which projects they felt should be addressed. (The Proposed Bond Program Summary is available under Information to the right.)
In addition, Dr. Gottardy explained that the community has expressed that they are not sure a new elementary school located off Bulverde Road is necessary. Currently, District staff is reviewing available capacity in that area to address the concern.
The Facility Steering Committee will meet two more times as they continue to review the District’s resource needs. Their goal is to finalize projects in each of the five categories, while keeping an overall budget in mind. On June 15, the committee will make its final recommendations to the Board of Trustees. It will be at this time that the Board of Trustees may consider a future bond election.
Community Meeting #3 [05.19/20.15]
North East ISD leaders were happy to see community members taking advantage of the opportunity to be part of the District’s future on April 28 at Madison High School and on April 29 at Churchill High School. The meetings featured plenty of interaction in the way of turn and talk sessions. These sessions allowed attendees to ask questions and give comments simply by use of their smart phone or device. The questions and comments were displayed on a projector screen to keep everyone involved throughout the meeting.
Data from an online Community Facility Needs Survey and a District Facility Needs Survey (internal assessment) was discussed in addition to five specific project categories: (1) Safety & Security, (2) Technology, (3) Operations, (4) Extracurricular, and (5) Facilities. District representatives shared recommendations through presentations that covered each project category. The instant feedback served NEISD and those in attendance, as select questions per category were answered by District personnel. Any questions that weren't addressed will be answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Facility Planning Process web page.
Brian Moy, executive director of finance and accounting, discussed preliminary tax rate analysis. Based on current data and assumptions, NEISD would not need to raise the I&S (debt service) tax rate in any of the next five year for a bond program up to $500 million.
The community also reviewed a detailed overview of staff and community input from Gary Sullivan, director of construction management and engineering, and Deb Caldwell, director of government relations and grant development. A word cloud graphic that contained the top 100 words mentioned in the community survey comments (after common English words were removed) showed that words like, “need,” “older,” and “classrooms” dominated community perspectives.
As the meeting concluded, the District discussed budget ranges for each project category, in addition to the added costs of District Program Management and a Bond Global Contingency Fund. This gave the community an idea of the total costs that could go into a future Capital Improvement Bond.
The Facility Steering Committee will meet on Thursday, May 7, as they continue to review the District’s resource needs to prioritize a range of projects in each of the five categories. The work of the committee will be shared during community meetings in May. On June 15, the committee will make its final recommendations to the Board of Trustees. It will be at this time that the Board of Trustees may consider a future bond election.
Community Meetings #2 [04.28/29.15]
North East ISD asked its community to get involved in the future of its school district, and the message proved to be well received at the first Community Meeting on March 30. Families, business leaders, employees and District taxpayers attended the event to learn what the District’s Facility Planning Process is all about. In addition, the attendees had the opportunity to ask questions regarding student enrollment growth, District facilities, safety and security. A meeting agenda with copies of the presentations is available below.
To gather community input, participants were asked to send text messages about the impact of the presentations. One participant wrote, "I'm very impressed at the variety of construction, all levels, and so many different types of facilities."
Participants also had the opportunity to submit questions during the presentations that will be gathered into a Frequently Asked Questions document and complete feedback cards about a project that should be considered by the Facility Steering Committee.
NEISD has formed a Facility Steering Committee of parents and community members to guide the planning process from March through June 2015. The work of the Facility Steering Committee will be shared during the upcoming community meetings. A live poll at the conclusion gave District leaders immediate feedback in regard to a range of projects that will be prioritized by the Facility Steering Committee. Learn more about the Facility Planning Process.
The Facility Steering Committee will make its final recommendations to the Board of Trustees on June 15, 2015. Finally, the Board of Trustees may consider a future bond election.
It’s not too late to get involved, attend the next community meetings in April and May. Meeting schedule.