PRESS RELEASE


September 29, 2014

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

TISD Bond Election Web Link, Hotline and Email Now Available

Texarkana, TX – To provide information and answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Texarkana Independent School District upcoming Bond Election, TISD has implemented several communication options for the community.

Community members may visit the TISD website at www.txkisd.net to review the Bond Election flier and a powerpoint presentation. Both links are available in a portable document format (pdf) and are easily accessible from any home or business computer.

Additionally, a Bond Election hotline - 903.794.3651 ext. 1101 - and an email address – tisdpr@txkisd.net - have been established to answer any immediate questions that the community may have.

TISD encourages the community to contact their Public Relations department for any additional information needed or to schedule a Bond Election presentation for your civic, social or neighborhood group.

The $29.9 million Bond Election would address current overcrowding due to enrollment increases during the last 12 years of an average 146 students per year. Enrollment growth within the next five years is anticipated to remain on par with past increases and more classroom space at the elementary and middle school levels are needed to accommodate students and maintain an appropriate student/teacher ratio. Current student enrollment occupies 99% of school capacity for all TISD elementary permanent facilities. Students in grades 6-8 occupy 114% of the permanent facility capacity available at Texas Middle School and Texas High School is at 112% permanent facility capacity for all students in grades 9 – 12.

A new elementary school and a new Sixth Grade Center on the Texas Middle School campus are the only two projects included in the bond proposition.

If approved, the Bond Election features an 8.9¢ tax rate increase to $1.428 effective October 2015. TISD’s current tax rate of $1.339 is approximately the same rate as it was in 1996 when enrollment was 5,401 students. Enrollment for the most recent school year was 7,243 students.

Beginning in September 2013, the TISD Board of Trustees approved the district moving forward with the development of a Strategic Planning process to address short-term and long-terms goals, as well as needs for the next five years. From October 2013 through March 2014, an estimated 150 volunteers made up of parents, staff, students and community members analyzed seven areas of the district: curriculum; goal setting; technology; human resources; finance & facilities; mentor programs; and community outreach. Recommendations and goals, in all areas, were developed including the building of a new elementary school and a sixth grade center on the Texas Middle School campus.

Early voting begins October 20 and runs through October 31 and will be held Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Locations for early voting will be the Bi-State Justice Building at 100 N. State Line Avenue, Texarkana, TX and the Bowie County Courthouse at 710 James Bowie Drive in New Boston, TX.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4 and TISD residents will vote at their respective precinct site.

For more information on Election Day voting sites, current tax rate comparisons, frequently asked questions and to see a sample ballot, visit www.txkisd.net.

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