DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Kristi Lee, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Communications
August 16, 2017
BISD Board of Trustees Calls Bond Election
(Bastrop) – The Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees voted Aug. 15 to call for an $88.5 million bond. The proposition, if passed by voters, would involve an Interest & Sinking (I&S) rate increase of 2.05 cents. The decision to move forward on the Nov. 7 election followed recommendations from a citizen-based bond review committee that reviewed voter and parent feedback, examined facilities data and explored options with architects and planners to address district growth and needs.
The bond would fund renovations at multiple campuses and facilities throughout the district, replacement of aging infrastructure systems including technology, repurposing of certain existing facilities to better accommodate growth, expansion of 21st century learning and CTE/career pathways, expansion of fine arts, and enhancements to district facilities used for athletics, fine arts, and other community programs.
“Bastrop ISD is a fast growth district, which presents a challenge as well as a responsibility for our district and community,” said Superintendent Steve Murray. “The projects in this bond address growth in a responsible, conservative manner and allow us to capitalize on an opportunity to do good things for our kids. This is about the future of our district, and it’s important that we all stand together to do what is in their best interest.”
The impact of the bond to the owner of an average taxable-value home in BISD of $143,079 would be an increase of $2.02 per month beginning in 2018-19. BISD property taxes for senior citizens would not be affected as long as a homestead and over 65 exemption application has been filed with the Bastrop County Appraisal District and other required criteria have been met.
“We believe this bond is the right course of action for our district, for our families, and for our students,” said BISD Board President Ashley Mutschink. “As a board, we feel confident in our understanding of the needs that are before us, and we believe we have a responsibility to address them in a wise and resourceful manner. We don’t have the luxury of letting this opportunity pass us by.”
Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves approximately 10,800 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.