Gatesville: Voters asked to support $9.9M school bond proposal

If the bond issue is approved, the district will match it to complete a planned $20 million remodeling project at the school, a portion of which has been in use since 1955, Gatesville Superintendent Barrett Pollard said. (Photo by John Carroll/file)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Voters in the Gatesville Independent School District are being asked to support a $9.9 million bond issue that will be on the ballot on Nov. 5, the proceeds from which are intended for renovations at the high school.

If the bond issue is approved, the district will match it to complete a planned $20 million remodeling project at the school, a portion of which has been in use since 1955, Gatesville Superintendent Barrett Pollard said.

“That’s the area where most of the renovation is planned, because it just so old,” Pollard said, “but the main emphasis is on student safety.”

Pollard said there are issues with some buildings and one roadway that need to be modified to ensure heightened safety on campus.

The roadway, 27th Street, which runs from Main Street to the South State Highway 36 access road, right next to campus, the football field and between main campus and the middle school, is a huge safety and security problem, Pollard said.

As well the plan calls for making connections between other buildings so students won’t have to go outside when changing classes.

“We want to make it easy for our students and we want to limit outside access to our classrooms,” Pollard said.

Altogether proceeds from the bond issue would help fund a new cafeteria and kitchen, a new main entrance that would include a security vestibule, remodeled administration office, new classrooms, a science lab, and collaboration spaces, a media library, an outdoor CTE and learning courtyard and an outdoor pavilion/commons area, Pollard said.

Should it pass, the bond issue would result in a tax increase of $0.09 or an estimated $9.38 a month for a home valued at $150,000.

Pollard said completion of the project, if the bond passes, would take about 18 months, during which some classrooms will still be used, but the district will have to arrange several portable buildings for use while the work is finished.

Early voting will run from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1.

Election Day is Nov. 5.