Round Rock ISD in Texas Seeks $349 Million Bond Referendum

Watts, Jim
December 2004
Bond Buyer;12/20/2004, Vol. 350 Issue 32033, p36
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The article reports that the price of keeping pace with rapid enrollment growth in the Round Rock Independent School District in Central Texas has been set at $349.33 million. Voters will have their say on March 5, the date set last week by the school board for an election on a bond package to build a fifth high school for $91 million, a new middle school for $31.7 million, and two new elementary schools for $44 million. Enrollment in the district about 20 miles north of Austin has grown 21% in the past five years, and the district expects growth to continue at about 3.5% a year. Current enrollment is more than 35,000, with 40,000 expected by 2008. The bond package also includes $62 million for construction and renovation of additional classroom space at two existing high schools; $4.5 million to purchase one laptop computer for every four high school students; $13 million for land acquisition for a sixth high school, four elementary schools, and a combined middle-elementary school; $9.8 million for school buses; and $3.2 million for computerized overhead projectors. The rest of the money will pay for upgrades or repairs in plumbing and electrical systems, roofing, flooring, and other needs throughout the district.


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