In a fast-growing area, especially in Fulshear and the north part of Richmond, there is a need for more schools in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.
Even after voters in the district passed a bond in 2017 to help build a new high school and junior high school in 2017, LCISD is asking voters to once again to pass another bond to help build five new schools, make repairs at several existing campuses and build two new facilities.
Voting has begun on all four bond propositions, which total over $792.5 million.
Proposition A is the first of four LCISD bonds on the ballot, with this one mostly concentrating on facilities. The total of this part of the bond is over $645.2 million.
Of the $645 million, $424.9 million of that will go to purchasing land and building new district schools and facilities.
The most expensive project in the bond is the construction of LCISD’s seventh high school. This school would be located in the northern part of the district in order to help with future overcrowding that will occur at Fulshear High School, even though the school is in its fourth year of service. The new high school would also help with growing populations at Foster and Lamar Consolidated high schools.
A new junior high school and middle school would be built adjacent to the new high school. The junior high school is priced at $77.1 million and the middle school is estimated at $34.7 million.
Three new elementary schools that needs to be build would cost $99.4 million, and a new transportation terminal is priced at $27 million, and a new police station at $5.5 million. The money to buy the land for the facilities is slated to cost $20 million.
Proposition A also has bonds for interior and exterior improvement for existing LCISD buildings. The interior changes are slated to cost $87.6 million, while exterior improvements would cost $49.6 million.
Also a part of the proposition is improvements needed for technology infrastructure at all LCISD schools that are priced at $41.8 million.
A couple of athletic upgrades are in Prop A, including new tennis courts and shot put/discus throwing area at Lamar Consolidated High School and football field upgrades at Lamar and George junior high schools. Those projects are a total of $5.2 million.
Prop A also includes a number of transportation projects that totals $17.1 million. The most expensive project is the addition of 78 new school buses that costs $9.36 million.
Orchestra rooms for all five high schools and four junior high schools would cost $12.7 million, and district-wide campus radio and infrastructure needs for every school would add another $3.4 million to the proposal.
Rounding out Prop A is cafeteria improvements at three schools that total $2.5 million.
The other propositions of the LCISD bond include Proposition B, which is for two new swimming pools at Terry High School and at the under-construction Randle High School, totaling $31.9 million.
Proposition C is to build a new football stadium for the district, priced at $93.7 million. Proposition D is for new laptops and iPads for students and staff, totaling $21.5 million.