School Bond Election

LAREDO , TX . – November 5th will be an important date for the United Independent School District ( UISD ) to solve the student growth.
On that day, citizens of Laredo will vote for a proposed UISD bond valued at 408.7 million dollars, to build and equip schools in order to prevent overcrowding.
Currently, UISD has a total of 43,321 students and it is estimated that in five years it will increase to 46,921.
The district currently has 26 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 4 high schools, one alternative education institution and a center for special education programs.
If the citizens vote in favor of the proposal, the project will start the construction of 14 more campuses, 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 4 ninth grade schools and remodel two schools.
They would also installed security systems and technology systems.
UISD is the second largest school district in the region One, which includes the area of South Texas.
Earlier this year, the superintendent and the board established a committee of 121 members, composed of city residents and teachers from various schools, with the aim of analyzing the growth and needs of the district.
Once the study was completed, it was presented as a bond proposal to the board on July 31. After an exhaustive review, it was voted unanimously on August 21 for a bond referendum in the amount of 408.7 million dollars in the general election ballot in November 5 .
Projections indicate that this referendum would lead to an increase in interest rates of 0.12930 per $ 100 of property value in 2018, starting with an increase of 03 cents in 2015.

Author: Alejandra Cantu

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