FISD board sets bond issue for May 11 election

FORSAN — 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:• 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.• A wastewater treatment plant. This became necessary after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found the district in violation of wastewater standards.• 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.“At our secondary campus, every room is full, which limits our options as to what we can do,” FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said. “This expansion will allow us more flexibility … and would allow the junior high portion of the building to be a more self-contained area.”• 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 barn 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.Johnson said all the bond items address needs formulated from a 2012 facilities study conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards.“Were we able to address everything in that study?” Johnson asked. “No, but I believe we are addressing the major concerns.”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.