The La Porte Independent School District Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Feb. 7 unanimously approved calling a school bond election for May 6, 2023.
A committee of community members developed the proposal in conjunction with district staff and administration. Their task was to develop and present to the Board of Trustees a long-term plan that included a recommendation for implementation.
“I want to thank our board, staff, and community for their work over the past 18 months to help get us to this point,” La Porte ISD Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson said. “This decision is based on carefully considering all areas of need around our district while balancing the expectations of our community. We will send out more information leading up to election day to keep our community informed about this bond's facts.”
Texas school districts do not receive state funding for renovating or building new schools. Instead, they must receive funds through school bond elections. La Porte ISD has a Superior (financial) Achievement Rating “A” and has one of the lowest tax rates among surrounding districts.
The 2023 Bond will ask voters to consider a $235 million package in three propositions.
- Proposition A ($164 million) – includes safety and security enhancements; facilities upgrades; furniture, fixtures and equipment; school bus replacement; educational center/field house
- Proposition B ($15 million) – 1:1 devices for K-12 students, teachers and staff; teacher technology docking stations, monitors, wireless access; technology upgrades in phases over 10 years
- Proposition C ($56 million) – Bulldog Stadium replacement; safety and security enhancements; fully ADA and UIL compliant
Homeowners age 65 and older will not be impacted by the passage of the bond propositions if they have filed for and received the Over 65 Homestead Exemption with the Harris County Central Appraisal District. Their school district taxes will not exceed the frozen dollar amount. Ballot language will include the statement "THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE." Legislation passed in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session requires that school districts include this language, regardless of the bond's impact on the district’s tax rate. For more information, go to bond.lpisd.org.
Early voting begins April 24 and ends May 2; Election Day is Saturday, May 6.