CC Bond 2022

Why are we holding a bond?

Over the past 10 years, CISD has spent over $11.7 million from fund balance on facility improvements. The facility assessment projects identified at Connally Elementary cost more than what is available in the District's fund balance and require a voter-approved bond.

The purpose of the bond is to build a new Connally Elementary School on property next to the Primary and Junior High. The new school would be:

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SAFER FOR STUDENTS

  • The elementary has no secure entrance

  • Campus proximity to I-35 is a safety concern

  • The parent and bus drives are disorganized and inefficient

  • The school's security system and communication system need replacement

  • The school's fire safety system needs complete replacement

  • The use of outbuildings are a safety concern

  • A new school would keep students under one roof. The new campus would be embedded with all security and technology features to provide a safe learning environment.

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MORE COST-EFFECTIVE TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN

  • Older campuses like the elementary school are more expensive to maintain than newer campuses

  • Aging schools drain resources from the District that could be used for supplies, salaries, materials, etc.

  • The plumbing under the building needs complete replacement

  • The HVAC units are past their lifecycle

  • Electric capacity is maxed out on the building and the electrical system is recommended for replacement

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AN IMPROVED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

  • The elementary school has classrooms that do not meet TEA size requirements

  • The cafeteria is too small for the number of students we serve and does not meet TEA size requirements

  • The library does not meet TEA size requirements

  • The gym is too small and does not meet TEA size requirements

  • The electrical system is maxed out which limits the amount of technology teachers and students have access to

  • The new school would have all cabling, servers, Wifi, and the equipment needed for seamless use of technology all over the campus providing more of a 21st-century experience for students, or hands-on learning for students

Attract and Keep high quality staff

COMPETITIVE IN RECRUITING AND KEEPING HIGH-QUALITY STAFF

  • We have one of the oldest elementary schools in McLennan County

  • New teachers are trained to use the latest technology and are seeking a campus that supports this

  • According to researchers, teacher turnover is linked to the condition of the school facilities.

    Weiqi, C. (2007). The structure of secondary school teacher job satisfaction and its relationship with attrition and work enthusiasm. Chinese Education & Society, 40(5), 17-31

  • Environmental problems in schools impact the teachers’ ability to teach effectively, leading to teacher resignations and loss of staff.

    Ahram, R., Stembridge, A., Fergus, E., & Noguera, P. (2011). Framing urban school challenges: The problems to examine when implementing response to intervention.

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