Another thing that may be on your ballot this year.
Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier said Thursday it was time to start discussing a possible bond referendum to update the district’s aging campuses.
In his annual state of the schools speech, Grier said the Houston Independent School District had completed many of the projects in the 2007 bond package but still has building needs, particularly at the high school level.
Grier did not specifically mention a bond election before the crowd of about 2,000, but said in a follow-up interview that the idea needed to be discussed.
The school board could take a key step next Thursday. Board president Mike Lunceford said the meeting agenda includes an item asking trustees to approve a study of the district’s building needs.
Lunceford said it’s possible the district could place a referendum on the ballot as soon as November.
“Bond costs are the lowest they’ve ever been, but you still have to raise taxes to pay for it,” said Lunceford. “We have to really look at the state of the schools.”
The interest rate argument is absolutely correct, and I’m sure HISD has facility needs, even after the 2007 referendum. Putting a couple hundred million bucks into construction projects would be nice for the local economy as well. But as Campos notes, the 2007 election was needlessly close thanks to communication issues, among other things. HISD does need to do a better job explaining what is needed and what they intend to do about it, and there’s not a whole lot of time for that. I think they can get this passed anyway, but I’d hate to roll the dice with what should be a sure thing.