Fort Worth ISD Looking to Pass Historic $1.5 Billion Bond Package

On Tuesday, Fort Worth, an independent school district, will ask voters to approve the largest bond bid in county history.

The cost is $1.5 billion.

Most of them focused directly on the rundown high school environment.

The district said the proposal included much-needed capital improvements. The $1.2 billion proposal, which voters saw as Proposal A in Tuesday’s election, focuses on building and renovating all high schools in the district.

The remainder of the money will be used for significant improvements in arts, sports and entertainment facilities.

In addition to upgrading secondary schools, Bond is calling for new primary schools to reduce overcrowding in Benbrook, said Kent Scribner, director of ITS Fort Worth. Station 6, Eastern Hills, and South Fort Worth are being completely replaced with communities that haven’t seen a major new building in decades.

“It is important to us that all students have the opportunity to experience a new, modern school and, if possible, to build four new centers for children in economically weak areas. You can also do whatever you can to serve 0-3 year olds,” says Scribner.

There has been criticism of the multi-billion dollar proposal that calls into question a focus on local physical infrastructure rather than improving poor academic performance.

According to Scribner, the proposed improvements affect education and learning in many ways. Sixty percent of the schools in the district were built before the 1960s.

Fort Worth ISD is celebrating a recent renovation at Arlington Heights High School, but Kentscribner says there’s more to do with the proposed $1.5 billion bond offer.

There have been many changes since then.

“The last reliable and valid data before the pandemic really showed a significant increase in academic performance. We know school facilities affect student performance,” Scribner said. Me. “Air quality, lighting, safe buildings, etc. Give students pride and positive self-esteem. Students will feel better entering a high-quality building.

The last major bond election at Fort Worth ISD was in 2017 for $750 million. It was accepted by voters with more than 70% approval.

The district has full details of the $1.5 billion bond proposal on its website.