Frenship Seeking $85.2 Million Bond Package Approval

Published 03/25 2014 10:18PM

Updated 03/25 2014 11:10PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Frenship ISD is holding public meetings to discuss the upcoming bond election, where they are looking for voters to approve an $85.2 million bond package.

The district is holding three meetings to inform the public about the vote, as well as what that money would be used for if it is approved.

In total, it's am $85.2 million bond package, with about 75% of the money going toward school construction and renovation.  This district's superintendent, Dr. David Vroonland, said it's primarily about the district's growth.

"The community knows, we've been talking about it for two years, so I was pleased, I was pleased with some of the questions and the comments," Dr. Vroonland said.

"As I've stated, we're at 2,605 students in 5th - 8th grade, and our capacity is 2,550, by the time those 5th - 8th graders get up there in 2017, we're looking at somewhere around 2,700 students," Dr. Vroonland said. "Our high school can't hold that number of students, and so we had to do something. The community really wanted to stay a single high school longer, and so we brought forth the idea of a 9th grade center on site."

That 9th grade center is one of the two big projects the district would complete if the bond package passes. The other project is an additional elementary school, which would be the 8th elementary in the Frenship district.

"I'm not hearing a lot of negative questions, it's more curiosity about the things that we're going to do," Dr. Vroonland said.

On top of those two projects, the money would also be used to renovate Frenship High School, deal with maintenance, create a new soccer facility and turf fields. There are also proposed keyless entry systems on all campuses and upgrades of their security systems.  More information can be found here, on the
Frenship ISD website.

The estimation for taxpayers is about $34 a year on a $100,000 home, or $114 a year on a $300,000 home.

"Some people have said to me, 'Wow, that doesn't seem like much for an $85 million bond,' it isn't, but out of respect to our taxpayer, I've got to recognize, as I am, we're already paying a tax bill, so it's on top of that," Dr. Vroonland said about the cost.

If this passes, the plan is for the elementary school to open in 2016, and the 9th grade center to open in 2017, with most projects being done by 2017, though Dr. Vroonland said some smaller projects may continue into about 2018 or 2019.

Frenship ISD will have two more information sessions about this bond election. The next one will be Monday, March 31 in the Frenship Middle School cafeteria at 6 p.m. The last meeting will be Monday, April 14 at Heritage Middle School, also at 6 p.m.

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