Voters on Tuesday approved school bond packages for Manor and Del Valle Independent School Districts, and voted against bond packages in Burnet Consolidated School District and Lockhart ISD.
The majority of the $284 million bond package for Del Valle ISD will go toward specific school construction projects ($151 million), improving technology ($22 million), and campus renovations ($21.5 million). The district says the bond will not change the current tax rate for Del Valle homeowners.
Manor ISD’s bond will help the district expand as it expects almost 3,000 additional students to enroll over the next four years. The $280 million bond package will not increase the tax rate in Manor. A majority of the money would go toward adding classrooms and building new elementary, middle and high schools. The bond money will also go toward repairs and renovations for existing buildings.
Despite decreasing the tax rate, Burnet CISD’s bond failed. It would have allocated $33.1 million to improve existing schools and add classrooms and new technology.
Lockhart ISD’s $92 million bond also failed. The money would have helped the district adjust to its increasing student population; enrollment has grown by 36 percent in the last 10 years and is expected to keep increasing.