Belton ISD Directors Consider Bond Committee | Region
On Monday evening, Belton Independent School District administrators will consider forming a Bond Exploration Committee to determine what plans and improvements are needed for growth as the district plans a new multi-million dollar elementary school that has failed. currently no funding.
If approved, the committee would work with district staff to develop a possible surety proposal that could be considered by the school board by February 21, 2022, to call a surety election on May 7, according to the guidelines. IBSD documents.
Enrollment projections show that three of the district’s elementary schools will exceed student capacity over the next three years, the district said.
In July, the board of directors voted to hire Cloud Construction Co. Inc. as the director of at-risk construction to design a future school, the first signal that the district would eventually seek bail to pay for the new campus. Although no funding yet exists for the future school, the district holds public meetings on its design and uses funds from a previous surety for these costs.
The school board will consider creating the committee – triggering the start of the proposed bonding process – when it meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center, 400 N. Wall St., Belton.
Under the new proposal, the school board would establish a Bond Exploration Committee made up of approximately 50 community members and volunteers who would meet from September through December.
“Belton ISD continues to experience accelerated growth,” says a staff report on the committee’s proposal. “While other districts in the state have seen a decrease in student enrollments due to the COVID pandemic, Belton ISD has increased. Growing student numbers and aging facilities, while well maintained, pose challenges in providing equitable facilities for every student.
Under a proposed schedule, the Bond Exploration Committee would identify “priority projects” for a possible bond by reviewing demographics, growth trends, facility assessments, and school and district needs, according to the documents. the BISD.
The committee would share priority projects with Superintendent Matt Smith.
In December and January, Smith would work with the committee co-chairs “to further refine the list of recommendations based on need and highest impact on student learning experiences and feasibility.” After further discussions with his administrative team and the committee co-chairs, Smith would refine the proposals and “develop a presentation to the board,” according to the documents.
In January and February, the board would review and recommend final adjustments to the proposals and “consider (a) a possible bond election,” the documents said.
The board would “review the proposal from the Superintendent and the Bond Exploration Committee, make final adjustments to the proposal, and make a decision on the call for a bond election by February 21, 2022” , indicates the document.
The timeline cites May 7, 2022 as a possible election date.
In April 2017 – just weeks before voters considered a $ 149.7 million bond election that included two new campuses, Charter Oak Elementary and Lake Belton High School – the District of Belton hired Bartlett Cocke General Contractors to overseeing the construction of the high school at West Temple.
An at-risk construction manager differs from a traditional construction contractor in that the manager is responsible for completing the project without exceeding a guaranteed maximum price set by the district.
About 56% of voters in the Belton School District – which includes Belton, West Temple, Morgan’s Point Resort and parts of Bell County – approved the bail.
Designs for a future primary school were discussed at a meeting on August 11 at Chisholm Trail Elementary in Belton.
About 40 community members attended the first of four elementary design team meetings to provide feedback on the design of a prototype school.
The next meeting with members of Huckabee Architects, the design team, is scheduled for Tuesday at Tarver Elementary School, 7949 Stonehollow Drive in Temple.
“These meetings allow us to try and get ahead of growth,” said Mike Morgan, deputy superintendent of operations at Belton ISD, in a press release. “The neighborhood is proactive so that the shovels are ready, while waiting for a deposit. “
No decision has been made on the location of the new school. The district already has a Belton flyer off Loop 121 near the Bell County Exhibition Center.
Templeton Demographics estimates that BISD will see an average growth of 366 elementary students per year or 1,800 over the next five years. Chisholm Trail and Tarver elementary schools are among the campuses expected to be most affected by this rapid growth, according to the study.