FORSAN â€” School trustees here unanimously voted Monday evening to send a $23.8 million construction bond issue to voters in May.
After several months of study, Forsan Independent School District officials decided to move forward with a proposal that, pending voter approval, will finance a new elementary school and several renovations at the secondary campus and other facilities.
Items to be financed by the bond package include:
â€˘ A new primary campus to replace Elbow Elementary, which was constructed in 1930. The new elementary will be located adjacent to the junior high/high school building in Forsan.
â€˘ A wastewater treatment plant. This became necessary after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found the district in violation of wastewater standards.
â€˘ Safety and security renovations at the secondary campus, including installation of a locking system for the exterior doors which can be operated remotely and a remake of the main entrance to enhance security against unwanted visitors.
â€˘ Expansion of the secondary campus to accommodate extra classroom, lab or storage space.
â€śAt our secondary campus, every room is full, which limits our options as to what we can do,â€ť FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said. â€śThis expansion will allow us more flexibility â€¦ and would allow the junior high portion of the building to be a more self-contained area.â€ť
â€˘ Major plumbing and electrical renovation at the secondary campus.
â€˘ Renovation of the kitchen area at the secondary campus.
â€˘ Safety upgrades in the secondary campus' metal shop.
â€˘ Expansion of the district's bus barn to accommodate vehicles currently parked at Elbow.
â€˘ A fire-suppression system for the new elementary campus.
â€˘ Resurfacing of the track at the football stadium.
â€˘ Replacement of one of the district's tennis courts.
â€˘ Increased storage area at the band hall.
Johnson said all the bond items address needs formulated from a 2012 facilities study conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards.
â€śWere we able to address everything in that study?â€ť Johnson asked. â€śNo, but I believe we are addressing the major concerns.â€ť
Several items which were considered but eventually dropped from the bond proposal included money for landscaping, vehicle purchases, a new superintendent's office, furniture for the secondary campus and a visitor's press box and visitor parking area at the football stadium.
The bond election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.