PAISD board considers bond election for projects



Speaking at a school board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Port Aransas ISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney talks to trustees about items that could be financed through a bond election in the future. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Speaking at a school board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Port Aransas ISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney talks to trustees about items that could be financed through a bond election in the future. Staff photo by Dan Parker

The school board is looking at possibly calling for a bond election in May that could fund various improvements at Port Aransas schools.

Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, trustees heard reports on the bond matter from Superintendent Sharon McKinney and Addie Belcher, head of Port Aransas ISD’s Capital Improvements Committee.

Big HVAC projects are among top needs , they said. With schools’ current HVAC systems failing due to age and the corrosive salt air here, the PAISD has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years on interim measures to keep its buildings properly climate controlled, according to Carol Sue Hipp, the district’s executive director of business and operations.

The school board also is looking at improvements to recreational facilities and technology, plus an array of miscellaneous purchases ranging from new sewer lines to library books. Construction of new fine arts and cafeteria spaces are possibilities, too.

The school district’s Capital Improvements Committee has been working for more than two years to research district needs and compile recommendations for the school board.

The committee’s work has included polling residents on what kinds of improvements they’d like to see happening at Port Aransas schools, Belcher said.

February is the latest that the school board legally could call for a bond issue to be put on the May ballot. Trustees are expected to meet Feb. 8 and make a decision on what items would be financed by a bond if put one before voters.

It’s not known yet whether taxes would go up to pay for the bond, Hipp said. The school district’s financial advisers have said that if the tax rate does go up, it wouldn’t be by more than 2 cents per $100 valuation, according to Hipp.

Contact Dan Parker at dan@portasouthjetty.com

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