2019 bond to bring safety, technology upgrades

Kaiya Little, Online Editor

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On May 4, 2019, Cy-Fair ISD passed a bond authorized by voters and tax-payers of the school district with an overall approval rating of 69.79%. This bond is expected to satisfy the needs of the district until 2025 while hitting its targeted recommendations of instructional and support facilities,safety and security enhancements, transportation,technology and facility renovation and additions.

With an allotted amount of $1,762 billion, the projected maximum tax increase when scaled to a $200,000 home is raised to 40.50% more than previous years and for those aged 65 and older or disabled, the tax impact is null.

A bond functions as a loan granted on the basis of credibility on the behalf of the spender. Cy-Fair ISD works on a municipal bond basis as its needs specifically cater to schools and other district centers. 

But what comes next, and what does this mean for students?

Graphic by Tommy Yarrish

The bond has a projected impact on Bridgeland specifically when it comes to three core areas; safety enhancements,technology updates, and facility renovations. As the bond begins to take effect, students will see upgrades to existing metal detectors, improvements in high-speed wireless and internet access, and replacements for the synthetic turf on the football field and other athletic mediums. CFISD released an infographic detailing all potential projects and information about the proposal as it relates to individual schools on their website in lieu of the bond’s announcement.

Chief of Staff and Associate Superintendent Teresa Hull believes the changes to be enacted district-wide will stand to serve students across the board with new features to look forward to.

“The 2019 Bond includes additional safety and security initiatives for all campuses such as classroom phones, fencing for elementary playgrounds and portables, and segmentation of elementary schools,” Hull said.“Our students will also benefit from additional buses with safety belts and the replacement of aging technology in classrooms.”

Speaking on the long term effects of the bond, students and community members can expect to see advancements in all sectors with allotted cost markups as recommended in the initial proposal.

As far as seeing the ultimate implementation of these goals goes, the roll out will be gradual while the district finishes up the 2014 bond package.