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Board calls for Bond Election

Posted Date: 08/15/2022

Board calls for Bond Election

During a board meeting on August 15, 2022, the Pittsburg ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for an $88,350,000 bond election to be held on November 8, 2022. The election comes following a recommendation of the Facility Planning
Committee that met during the Spring/Summer of 2022.
The committee of 20-25 members, representing a cross-section of the Pittsburg community, reviewed District facilities by touring campuses and studying campus capacities along with current and future enrollment. This was done in cooperation
with BWA Architects, who were hired by the PISD Board of Trustees in December 2021 to perform a detailed facilities study.
This committee met 10 times between March and August and reported their findings, consensuses and recommendations to the PISD Board of Trustees regarding the facility priorities to address.
The consensus was the Pittsburg High School built in 1973, Pittsburg Junior High School built in 1980, space constraints at the lower campuses, and safety and security concerns were the priorities recommended to be addressed in the District’s
Long Range Facility Plan.

This bond will address these priorities:
 Safety and security concerns.
 New high school campus, secured and safely contained within enclosed boundaries.
 Fencing and gates at Elementary/Intermediate campuses
 New sixth grade wing and new cafeteria at Junior High Campus to accommodate sixth, seventh and eighth grades, including a
dedicated Junior High life skills department.
 Moving sixth grade to Junior high will help to alleviate space constraint issues at lower grade levels and to accommodate
increased enrollment from the State-mandated Full-Day Pre-K at the Primary campus.
 A dedicated PE gym at the Intermediate campus to alleviate security concerns and discontinue having Intermediate students
walk to the Elementary campus. This will give the Elementary campus their own dedicated PE gym.
 Electrical and lighting improvements on the Intermediate campus.
 A dedicated bus road connecting the Primary campus, Junior High campus and High School campus to alleviate traffic on Texas, Elm and Broach streets.

If approved by the voters, the bond will address the facility priorities at all grade levels throughout the entire District.
PISD has reduced its ad valorem tax rate by more than 15 cents during the last three years and plan to reduce the upcoming tax rate by more than 3 cents again this year. If approved by the voters, the bond program is expected to impact the average
homeowner in PISD by approximately $27.68 per month. There will be no tax increase above the frozen level on the homesteads of taxpayers 65 years of age or older who have applied for and received the age 65 freeze from the County Appraisal District.