Voters approve $321.5 million bond proposal, Moore and Ruiz named to School Board
Bastrop ISD voters approved the District’s bond referendum totalling $321.5 million with 54% voting in favor.
Voters in the Bastrop Independent School District passed the $321.5 million bond referendum held on May 6, 2023. In just the last decade, student enrollment has increased nearly 30%. Within the next few years, 3,000 more students will enroll, and by 2033 nearly 20,000 students will walk the halls of Bastrop schools.
Election Results - Proposition A
Total # of Votes Cast: 3,419
Total # of Votes For: 1,849
Total # of Votes Against: 1,570
Total # of Votes Cast by Personal Appearance on Election Day: 1,134
Total # of Votes Case by Personal Appearance or Mail in Early Voting: 2,285
“We are grateful to have the trust of our community, and we appreciate their investment in the future of our district,” said Bastrop ISD Superintendent Barry Edwards. “As the Central Texas area faces fast paced growth, we must continue to meet the demand of students and families in our District.”
The bond proposal was crafted by a group of community members that comprised BISD’s Citizens Advisory Task Force (CATF). It will provide new district facilities and renovations at existing campuses to address anticipated growth including:
Two elementary schools (#9 and #10)
A multipurpose facility to house the BISD Police Department, plus the maintenance, custodial, and groundskeeping departments
A two-story academic wing at both Bastrop and Cedar Creek high schools
Additional classrooms at Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Genesis High School
Reconfiguration of intermediate schools into comprehensive middle schools
Demolition of older buildings at Mina Elementary and construction of a two-story building all located on the east side of Hill Street
Safety and security upgrades throughout the district to include additional cameras and security devices at all schools.
New playground equipment and furniture upgrades for elementary campuses
“On behalf of the school board, I want to thank the members of the task force who put together a comprehensive bond proposal, as well as the district staff who worked to educate our community on what this proposal would accomplish,” said BISD Board President Billy Moore. “I see great things in store for the future of Bastrop ISD.”
Follow all of the progress on Bond 2023 at bisdtx.org/bond2023.
BISD Board Election Results
Bastrop ISD also had two board of trustee places up for election. Current Board President, Billy Moore won against Joseph B. Thompson for Place 3 while Priscilla Kay Ruiz will fill Place 4 beating out Greg Mueller. Incumbent Molly McClure did not seek re-election for Place 4.
Official results will be canvassed at the May 16 board meeting when board members will be sworn in.