Klein’s $1.1 billion bond could include a new $131 million football stadium and event center

Klein ISD voters will decide whether they want the district to commit millions to new buildings and projects in May after the school board unanimously approved the listing of a $1.1 billion bond proposal dollars on the ballot.

Board members called for a bond election at their regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, which proposes funding for many new projects, including new buildings and equipment, and a new sports stadium. Voters will have a chance to consider the proposal during the May 7 election.

The bond referendum will appear as four proposals on the ballot, the board meeting agenda says.

Proposal A requests $843.84 million to fund the construction and renovation of district buildings as well as new equipment and school buses. Proposal B is for $51.51 million to be used to update district technology, such as new personal computers for staff and students.

Proposal C includes a new event center, which is slated for $131.325 million. Proposal D involves a new district stadium and renovations to Memorial Stadium that would cost $75.19 million.

According to a presentation made at the board meeting, adoption of the four bond proposals could result in an increase in the tax rate of approximately $0.03 per $100 of valuation.

This bond proposal was developed following meetings of the District Bond Steering Committee, which concluded in mid-December and presented its findings to the Klein ISD Board of Directors at a special meeting. held in January.

The committee was first launched in mid-November last year. The committee’s reviews included more than 100 interviews with department heads, managers, technology consultants and engineers, contractors and architects.

The committee’s goal was to ensure that every student and teacher had what they needed to continue the district’s academic, athletic and fine arts success, a district press release said. It was made up of nearly 100 parents, teachers, alumni, business partners and community members. Their report outlines aging facilities and technology needs, as well as options for future new facilities.

Klein ISD ratepayers last approved a bond for the district in 2015, which passed with 76% of the vote. This bond helped pay for the construction of new campuses, new renovations and technology additions, as well as safety and security updates.

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