Nederland voters face $155.6M decision
One of the biggest issues facing Nederland voters at the polls this spring is a proposed $155.6 million school bond issue split into two proposals.
Proposition A would devote $82 million to build a new high school at the site of the existing building; $49.1 million to repair and expand all four elementary schools; $11.1 to make improvements to both middle schools; and $4.8 million to upgrade technology throughout the district.
Proposition B would use $4.5 million at Bulldog Stadium. The list of improvements includes updates required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, including adding ADA-compliant seating while maintaining the current number of seats. The improvements also include artificial turf, additional restrooms and a new press box.
The projected tax increase for homeowners in NISD would be a maximum of 33 cents per $100 valuation, according to information supplied by the district.
This is the third time in a decade that a school bond issue has been put before NISD voters, and each time it has proven divisive. A 2009 attempt was rejected, while a 2012 attempt was split. One proposal, a $28 million upgrade to heating and cooling, was passed; while a second, calling for $50 million to rebuild two schools, failed.