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Greenville ISD board to consider revised bond proposal

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

District officials are still looking for a way to fund a new middle school and early childhood center.

  • In Greenville, the Greenville Independent School District board is expected to face a particularly weighty agenda at this evening’s regular meeting of the board. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports the agenda includes deciding on whether to put a bond proposal on local ballots this November, the next fiscal year’s property tax rate, and the most recent STAAR test data.
  • In May this year, Greenville ISD voters rejected a $172 million bond proposal. Most of the package would have funded the construction of a new middle school, a new early childhood center, and renovations at Greenville High School. Over the summer, planners looked at slimming down the proposal. The district estimates the coast of replacing the L.P. Waters Early Childhood education Center at a little more than $31 million, and the price tag of a new middle school at about $105 million. The Herald Banner reports both existing campuses are out of compliance with federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and Texas Education Agency standards and building codes.
  • Greenville ISD trustees are also scheduled to review a proposed lower property tax rate for the district. The Banner reports that the board will consider dropping property taxes by 1.74 cents per hundred dollars of appraised value. The lower rate would mitigate the overall property tax increase brought on by rapidly increasing property values.