Argyle plans first public meeting on bond package

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The Argyle school board will have the first of three public meetings on the proposed $45 million bond package tonight.

Superintendent Telena Wright said she will present the bond package details at 6:30 p.m. in the Argyle High School Lecture Hall, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377. Two additional meetings on the proposed bond will take place in the school’s lecture hall at 6:30 p.m. April 16 and April 22.

Wright said she will share details about the district’s student enrollment in 2006, current enrollment figures, information on previous bonds passed by the district in 2002 and 2007, data on the facilities capacity, data on projected enrollment growth, information on housing developments underway within district boundaries and details of the projects being proposed in the $45 million bond package.

The school board called the $45 million bond election on Feb. 24, and the proposition will go before voters May 10. Early voting begins April 28.

The purpose of the public meetings is to provide residents with “an understanding of what the components of the bond are ... and what they cost,” Wright said. The sessions will also give residents an understanding of how the proposed bond will impact their tax bill, she said.

The proposed bond package “addresses current capacity needs, facility renovations, and athletic updates and improvements,” according to a district media release.

The proposal includes:

• $30.15 million for a new 750-student middle school campus for sixth- to eighth-graders that will also serve as Phase 1 of a district high school

• $2 million for technology

• $550,000 for new buses

• $155,000 in high school science lab updates

• $218,000 for additional baseball/softball seating

• $145,500 for a baseball outfield wall

• more than $1 million for a girls’ field house/locker room

• $280,000 for additional football stadium seating

• nearly $3.7 million for an indoor activity center

• nearly $2.5 million for additional tennis, baseball and softball locker rooms, office space and storage

• $380,000 for four new tennis courts and lighting

• more than $1.4 million for turf at the existing baseball and softball fields

• nearly $2.5 million in bond contingency funds

Wright said the bond could increase the tax rate by 12.5 cents per $100 in property valuation, equating to an annual $125 increase per every $100,000 of a home’s value.

The district’s current enrollment totals more than 1,900 students. In January, a demographer presented a report to the school board projecting the district’s enrollment could grow by another 1,046 students within the next five years and 2,577 in the next 10 years.

School board President Kevin Faciane, in a previous interview with the Denton Record-Chronicle, said the bond election is a proactive approach to “getting ahead of the growth” so that when it arrives, Argyle can provide an “ideal learning environment.”

Wright has said if the voters approve the bond package, the district hopes to complete all of the projects included in the package by fall 2016.

To view the proposed bond presentation, visit http://bit.ly/PjKVb8.CQ

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.

IF YOU GO

The Argyle school board will have three public meetings on the the proposed $45 million bond package this month.

When: 6:30 p.m. tonight; April 16 and April 22

Where: Argyle High School Lecture Hall, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377

On the Web: View the proposed bond presentation at http://bit.ly/PjKVb8 .


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