Temple ISD to hold community meetings to discuss 2021 bond proposal

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 1:14 PM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - The Temple Independent School District on Tuesday announced it will be hosting a series of neighborhood meetings to present its 2021 bond proposal.

There are two proposals, totaling $184.9 million, that will be on the ballot on Nov. 2.

The presentations will be held at each of the district’s 13 main campuses over the months of September and October, the district announced. District parents and taxpayers are invited to attend any of the presentations, regardless of which school attendance zone they live in.

Temple Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bobby Ott will provide an overview of the final bond proposal that will appear on the ballot in the November election.

“Throughout the bond process our goal has been to be transparent, inclusive, and keep our community informed,” said Dan Posey, president of the Temple ISD board of trustees.

“These neighborhood presentations are another way for us to ensure that these things happen. I encourage all community members to attend one of these neighborhood presentations about the proposed bond package that prioritizes the needs of the district in terms of growth, facility improvements, safety and security, and equity in programs.”

Christine Parks, director of communications and community relations said the community has already been very involved in the bond process. Parks said a group of community members helped come up with the priorities the bonds will fund.

There are four main categories – safety and security, program equity, project improvements and growth and capacity.

The district has broken down specific priorities for each area. Safety and security includes getting rid of all portables and replacing with permanent structures and adding security vestibules at three campuses.

In terms of program equity, Parks said the district wants to provide equitable facilities for all programs, which includes middle school competition fields and tracks and improvements for the Temple High School and the Meridith-Dunbar auditorium.

The district also outlined plans to replace and improve elementary school playgrounds and renovate the Ag Barn at THS.

“We are looking out for that equity and all of our programs,” Parks said. “We have stellar programs across the district, but we want to make sure that there is equity in all of those programs and so that we are providing facilities that truly match the programs that we offer.”

Temple ISD plans to use the bond funding to finish the 2011 master plan projects and start on those in the 2021 plan. There will be updates to the Wildcat Stadium, restrooms, and infrastructure improvements at campuses.

Along with the campus improvements, the district is preparing for future growth with the possibility of a new elementary school campus and adding 14 new classrooms to other campuses.

“The last time there were new schools added to the district, there were three of them -- Kennedy Powell, Ray Allen and Hector P. Garcia, and those schools open in 1998,” Parks said. “So it has been that long since we have experienced that type of growth within the Temple ISD boundaries, and we just are so excited to welcome those new families.”

The series opens with a presentation at Bonham Middle School on Thursday, September 9, at 6 p.m. The school is located at 4600 Midway Drive.

The remainder of the presentations - all scheduled to start at 6 p.m. each evening - are listed below:

Thornton Elementary – September 14

Temple High School – September 15

H.P. Garcia Elementary – September 20

Meridith-Dunbar ECA – September 23

Western Hills Elementary – September 27

Cater Elementary – September 28

Jefferson Elementary – October 5

Raye-Allen Elementary – October 6

Kennedy-Powell Elementary – October 12

Lamar Middle School – October 13

Scott Elementary – October 14

Travis Science Academy – October 19

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