When you think “school bond” you think an increase in taxes, but when it comes to the new board approved bond election for Alice ISD, that’s not the case.
Since the district is finishing off with paying old debt this year, the new bond would not cause a tax increase; it will just keep the current rate the same.
So what are the big changes?
Instead of having nine schools, Alice ISD would only have six.
If the bond is approved 3 schools would close, including Memorial, Salazar, and Hillcrest Elementary.
So, where would all those students go if their schools close?
Four schools would expand, and that’s what the bond money is paying for.
Schallert, Saenz, Noonan, and Dubose would see new construction and repurposing to make room for all the new kids being zoned there.
As for faculty and staff jobs, Superintendent Carl Scarbrough said no one is losing their job.
According to him, teachers will be divided among the schools that are staying open. At the end of the day, those kids being moved still need teachers.
Voters will be making the final decision on May 4 at the polls.
Scarbrough also added that the district will be taking input and questions from anyone in the community regarding the bond.