SMCISD bonds approved
By an overwhelming majority, voters in the San Marcos CISD said “yes” to Proposition 1 while narrowly approving Proposition 2.
Proposition 1 passed 1,689 votes to 1,187 while Proposition 2 passed barely with 1,498 for and 1,384 against.
“From day one our goal was to educate voters about both propositions,” Dan Stauffer, co-chair of the Yes Matters campaign to pass the bond election.
“We appreciate the community support for both bonds and community investment in our schools. The positive momentum we’ve seen will continue now in our growing school district,” Stauffer said.
“It’s a change in the San Marcos CISD and our community, and validation we are moving forward and upward,” Superintendent Mark Eads said. “This will have a positive impact on our businesses and our community.”
The two bond packages have a total value of $76.98 million dollars and include the following:
Proposition One: $58,580,000
Major Renovations and Equity Upgrades at Existing Facilities - $24,760,000.
Renovations for energy efficiency, handicap accessibility and interior, exterior and site improvements at the following campuses:
• De Zavala Elementary School
• Hernandez Elementary School
• Mendez Elementary School
• Goodnight Middle School
• Miller Middle School
Safety and Security Improvements - $1,650,000
• Add security cameras and surveillance infrastructure at identified campuses
• Add card reader access system at identified campuses
New Pre-Kindergarten Campus - $12,700,000
• New building for 600 students built on the site of the existing “Old Bowie” campus
• Existing cafeteria and kitchen will be renovated and incorporated into new building
• Additional capacity at existing elementary schools and space for future growth in these grade levels will be provided
New Phoenix Campus - $5,070,000
• New campus for 250 students to serve the district’s Phoenix and Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs
• Will replace existing facility that has exceeded its useful life and does not meet current handicap accessibility requirements or building code
New Student Activity Complex and Track and Athletic Field Renovations at San Marcos High School - $13,600,000
• New indoor field, gym area and 6-lane running track to be used by a variety of extracurricular activities
• New weight room, locker rooms, office and conference space
• Renovate existing track and field, softball and baseball fields
Support Services Facility Additions - $800,000
•Additional parking and storage for the district’s Maintenance & Transportation departments
Proposition Two: $18,400,000
New Multi-Purpose Athletic Stadium - $18,400,000
• Currently, the district does not have a stadium facility and rents Bobcat Stadium from Texas State University for athletic events. The district is subject to the University's schedule, causing scheduling conflicts for athletic events. The district will construct a new athletic complex with seating for 8,000 that will be owned, maintained and operated by the school district for the first time in its history
The estimated maximum tax increase to property owners will be $5.83 per month per $100,000 of taxable home value. Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value.