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Voters in Texas approve billions of dollars for school construction

May 10, 2023
The bond packages approved in 3 districts--Northwest, Fort Bend, and Crowley--each exceed $1 billion.

Voters in Texas went to the polls over the weekend and approved billions of dollars in bonds for school construction and facility upgrades.

Three districts--Northwest (based in Fort Worth), Fort Bend (based in Sugar Land) and Crowley--each won approval from vendors to spend more than $1 billion on capital improvements.

In the Northwest district, voters approved three propositions that totaled nearly $2 billion--$1,995,500,000.

Proposition A bonds will provide more than $1.67 billion to build a fourth high school, an eighth middle schools, four new elementary schools and two replacement elementary schools.

Proposition B bonds will provide $301.6 million to build stadiums at three high schools and renovate other athletic facilities.

Proposition C bonds will provide $21.8 million to acquire new technology devices for students and teachers.

In the Fort Bend district, voters approved three propositions that totaled nearly $1.26 billion.

Proposition A bonds will provide $1.18 billion to rebuild one high school and two elementary schools; build a new elementary; a new middle school; upgrade security; build a transportation facility and acquire buses; and upgrade the district's technology infrastructure.

Proposition B bonds will provide $52.5 million to replace and upgrade computers and technology devices for students and staff.

Proposition C bonds will provide $22.9 million to build a second natatorium for the district.

In the Crowley district, voters approved two propositions that totaled more than $1.04 billion.

Proposition A bonds will provide $948.2 million to build several new schools, including three elementary and one middle school as well as a replacement Crowley High School. The bonds also will cover districtwide additions and renovations, security enhancements and land purchases for future school sites.

Proposition B bonds will provide $95.4 million to build an outdoor learning center for children with special needs, and a track and field complex.

Voters in Crowley rejected a third proposition. It would have earmarked $128.8 million to build a performing arts and innovative learning center.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy, senior editor, has written for AS&U on a wide range of educational issues since 1999.

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