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Voters approve $97.3 million bond proposal; Property taxes to increase

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MIDLOTHIAN - Midlothian Independent School District voters approved a $97.3 million bond proposal to build high school #2, elementary #7, and an addition to Frank Seale Middle School. Complete, but *unofficial results, show 2,263 people voted for the bond package, while 1,838 people voted against Saturday, May 14.

 The vote indicates the support of the district’s goal to meet existing and future facility needs.

“Today marks the end of a long process. We acknowledge and thank past and present Growth Management Committees, Midlothian ISD School Board of Trustees, Community Advocates for Responsible Education (C.A.R.E.), the wonderful citizens of Midlothian ISD, the district’s faculty, staff, and administrators, and the many others who worked tirelessly and selflessly,” said Superintendent Dr.  Jerome Stewart after the election.

“The spirit and dedication of these people has been remarkable.”

The bond One proposition passed for $97,300,000 includes:

High School #2:

$74,000,000

Phase I for 1,000 students

Core capacity of 2,500 students

Estimated occupancy date is August 2014 

 

Elementary School #7:

$20,500,000

750 student capacity

Estimated occupancy date is August 2014 

 

Frank Seale Middle School addition:

$2,800,000

Expand student capacity from 1,000 to 1,200 students

Estimated occupancy date is January 2013

The last bond election for the district was November 2007.

According to Public Relations Coordinator Jana Hawthorne, M ISD is facing a projected reduction in state funding of at least $4.1 million.

“The district will reach the budgetary shortfall through attrition, frozen salaries, campus and departmental budget reductions and other budgetary items,” stated Hawthorne. 

“Because salaries and benefits make up over 78% of the overall budget, it was necessary to reduce 55 personnel (33.5 teachers and 21.5 general staff).”

The board did increase the elementary student/teacher ratio.

Since passed, the Maintenance and Operations tax will be $1.04 and the Interest and Sinking – affected by the bond approval- will now be $0.50, totaling $1.54.

Rates for the 2010-2011 school year were: M&O $1.0400 and I&S: $0.3575, totaling $1.3975. 

Taxpayers should expect to pay $14.25 a month based on a home valued at $150,000 unless you are aged 65 or older and/ or disabled, then you are not qualified to pay an increase in school property taxes.

“I am grateful and pleased,” continued Stewart, “that our bond issue passed. Our community looked at the information that was presented and made an informed decision to support its school district and to build on its excellence, for this day and for the future.”

* Votes will be canvassed on Thursday, May 19 for the official results.


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