$515 million bond proposal passes in San Antonio school district

Nov. 5, 2010
Money will enable district to renovate 22 schools

From The San Antonio Express-News: Voters in the San Antonio Independent School District have approved a $515 million bond issue — the district’s largest ever. The bonds will provide funds for extensive renovations at 22 district schools and for other schools to receive new and upgraded playgrounds, technology, security and facilities for career and vocational education. The district’s Alamo Stadium and Convocation Center will get a $35 million facelift to remedy problems with plumbing and wheelchair accessibility and to replace worn-out turf and seating, among other improvements.

AUGUST 2010...From The San Antonio Express-News: The San Antonio (Texas) school board has voted to place a $515 million bond package on the Nov. 2 ballot. The district is seeking funds to carry out extensive renovations to 22 schools, districtwide technology and security upgrades, and a controversial $35 million for improvements to Alamo Stadium and the Convocation Center. Though only 7 percent of the bond package would be spent on the stadium and Convocation Center, that project, which was a late addition to the bond proposal, has reignited the question of whether a partnership between the district and Spurs Sports & Entertainment could bring professional soccer to San Antonio.

Earlier....from The San Antonio Express-News: Spurs Sports & Entertainment wants professional soccer in San Antonio and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) wants a refurbished Alamo Stadium, but for the time being, at least, the district is going it alone. SAISD administrators have a revised bond proposal that added $35 million for renovations to Alamo Stadium, which needs new bathrooms, plumbing, seating and a host of other repairs. The SAISD board is set to decide later this month whether to go ahead with a $515 million bond election in November.

JUNE 2010...from The San Antonio Express News: A 35-member citizens group is recommending that the San Antonio Independent School District schedule a $502 million bond election in November. The committee says that all schools not slated for closure should receive certain improvements, such as technology and security upgrades. Some schools also would receive a range of additions, renovations or other infrastructure fixes. The board has until Aug. 24 to decide whether to hold a November bond election.

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