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.
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, 2015.
2015 Bond Information:
- Projects Listing (PDF)
- A/E Project Assignments (PDF)
- Master Rollout Schedule (PDF)
- Special Projects Summary (PDF)
- BIM Standards