FORSAN — Construction projects approved by Forsan Independent School District voters Saturday should begin before the end of the year, school officials say.
By a margin of more than three to one Saturday, Forsan Independent School District voters approved a $23.8 million construction bond to finance a new elementary campus and extensive renovations elsewhere in the district.
FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said he always believed the bond was in the best interests of the district, but conceded he was surprised by the margin of victory at the polls.
“In my mind, there was always more work we needed to do, more people to get information out to,” Johnson said. “We had phone calls all the way up to the Friday before election day from people with questions about the bond. I couldn't imagine taking any thing for granted. But I guess we should have seen it coming. We've got a great community here, and they really care for their schools.”
Among the projects which will be financed by the bond are:
• A new elementary campus, which will be located adjacent to the junior high/high school building in Forsan.
• A wastewater treatment plant
• 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.
• Expansion of the secondary campus to accommodate extra classroom, lab or storage space.
• Major plumbing and electrical renovation at the secondary campus.
• Renovation of the kitchen area at the secondary campus.
• Safety upgrades in the secondary campus' metal shop.
• Expansion of the district's bus barns to accommodate vehicles currently parked at Elbow.
• A fire-suppression system for the new elementary campus.
• Resurfacing of the track at the football stadium.
• Replacement of one of the district's tennis courts.
• Increased storage area at the band hall.