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Forsan ISD trustees to call for bond election

February 23, 2013

FORSAN — “If” is about to become “when.”

After months of study, Forsan Independent School District trustees are expected to officially call for a bond election to construct a new elementary school and other renovations when they hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.

Final price estimates for the bond have not been settled, although options trustees are considering carry price tags ranging from $20 million to $25 million, Superintendent Randy Johnson said.

Items which will definitely be included in the bond package include:

• $14 million for a new elementary campus to replace Elbow Elementary, which was built in 1930 and renovated several times in the following years. The new campus will be located adjacent to the junior high/high school building in Forsan.

• $2 million for a wastewater treatment facility to serve the district's campuses.

• $1 million for safety and security upgrades, including renovation of the entrance to the junior high/high school.

The balance of the bond package will come from other possible projects, including plumbing and electrical work at the junior high/high school and expansion of the district's bus barn.

Although design elements haven't been finalized, Johnson said the new elementary will feature three classrooms per grade level, along with extra space for diagnostic services and special education students, a library/resource center, computer labs, a gymnasium and a cafeteria.

Although the district's push for the bond hasn't officially begun, Johnson said he has held meetings with parent and teacher groups on the subject and plans to hold several more meetings with the public between now and the May election.

Initial public reaction to the proposal has been positive, he said.

“That has been encouraging,” Johnson said. “I understand people have a lot of questions about what we intend to do with the bond money, and we certainly will give them answers, but reaction so far has certainly been encouraging.”

In other business, trustees will consider:

• An official order for May trustee elections.

• Discussion and possible approval of a grant for renewable energy.

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