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CFISD calls for $1.76 billion bond election in May

February 12, 2019

Cy-Fair ISD voters face a $1.76 billion decision on May 4.

CFISD board members on Monday called for a bond election to pay for projects in the district through 2025.

According to a district press release, passage of the bond would result in a tax increase of 3 cents per $100 valuation over a seven-year period. By 2025, the tax increase for owners of a $200,000 home would be a maximum of $40.50 per year by 2025.

The call for a bond election follows a presentation earlier this month by the district’s long-range planning committee comprised of students, staff and community members, where they recommended improvements to security, two new schools and a performing arts center.

Plans call for Middle School No. 20 in Bridgeland and Elementary School No. 59 in the southwest section of the district.

“More than 50 percent of the proposed recommendation is to maintain and protect assets that currently exist,” community planning co-chair Julie Hinaman said during Monday’s meeting. “Our business members (of the planning committee) also provided valuable insight into issues like cybersecurity and the need to invest in workforce development, like CTE courses..”

Other highlights include a performing arts center, Hinaman said. Seating capacity for the center will be 1,500 and would be home to more than 1,612 performances a year, according to the presentation Hinaman gave on Feb. 4. The recommendations also included the addition of a bus replacement program, a northwest transportation center and additional panic buttons in schools.

Community member Jason Skufca, father of a CFISD student in the band program, said he is excited for the performing arts center and the potential it has for students, comparing the center to large concert halls in Houston like the Hobby Center of Performing Arts.

“Cy-Fair ISD will be able to spotlight it’s student body’s talents. as well as expand the accessibility of the arts to the surrounding community,” he said. “I do believe that the performing arts center will provide a long-lasting return on investment for the school district, its students and the community.”

Several members of the planning committee commented on the possible election before the board voted on the election, including Anthony Torres, a senior at Cypress Falls High School.

“I’ve had the privilege of serving on the LRPC and I’ve learned a lot about the district over the past several weeks,” he said. “As a student, or as a community member, you may not realize how much goes into running a school district, but this opportunity has opened my eyes. ”

chevall.pryce@chron.com

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