Board takes action on recommendation from facilities advisory committee
Editor’s Note: In the interest of our readers, we are printing the news release the Burleson ISD posted about the upcoming bond election, which expands on the Feb. 16 edition of the Burleson Star.
BURLESON – The Burleson Independent School District (BISD) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a bond election in the amount of $85 million at the board meeting on Feb. 13.
The board took action on a recommendation from a Facilities Advisory Committee, comprised of nearly 60 community members.
“Burleson ISD is growing and our student population will increase over the next 10 years,” Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson said. “Knowing this, the board of trustees tasked a Facilities Advisory Committee to review the needs of the district, analyze data and develop a fiscally responsible plan of how to best meet the facilities’ needs of the district.”
The committee included parents, grandparents, business and civic leaders, and educators. Meetings began in October 2016.
The group toured district facilities, consulted with experts from Stantec Architecture, analyzed enrollment projections provided by Templeton Demographics, and reviewed data from SAMCO Capital Senior Managing Director Doug Whitt, in preparation for the recommendation.
At the Feb. 2 board meeting, committee member Dave Irby presented the final recommendation to the board. The recommendation included extensive renovation and expansion of the existing Hughes Middle School, a new middle school to replace the existing Kerr Middle School, and a multipurpose facility and collaborative learning spaces at Burleson High School.
“We worked individually, then in small groups, and eventually as one large group, to determine our final recommendations,” said Irby at the Feb. 2 meeting. “These renovations and additions at our existing facilities allow us to keep up with the growth in our district, be good stewards with our current facility investments, and create a uniform learning environment between new and existing campuses.”
At the Feb. 13 board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Brenda Mize said the election must follow a two-step process, the first of which was the calling for the bond election. The second step will occur in March when preliminary tax rates are available.
“If the board adopts these tax rates, it will trigger a tax ratification election, or TRE,” said Mize. “This will make Burleson ISD’s election a two-part selection on the ballot for both the bond and the TRE.”
The committee’s final recommendation includes:
• new construction of multipurpose activity facility at BHS to improve opportunities for extracurricular activities.
• new construction of home campus to replace Kerr at Hidden Creek.
• expansions at Hughes Middle School to accommodate students and address capacity in the fine arts and athletic areas, including renovations to be comparable to the STEAM Middle School.
• new collaborative learning spaces at BHS.
• repurposing Kerr from a home campus, renovating only those portions that are financially responsible, as funds are available and as the district deems necessary.
For more information on the committee, visit www.burlesonisd.net and click the “Facilities Advisory Committee” icon.