This is the first of a three-part series examining the FWISD bond propositions.FORT WORTH - Free districtwide prekindergarten to put Fort Worths children on a path to success, new classrooms to ease overcrowding, and high-tech devices to help students excel in the digital age are the foundation of the largest of three propositions in a Nov. 5 bond package.Proposition 1 is a sweeping 11-point proposal that Superintendent Walter Dansby calls the essentials. Every student in the district will benefit from the $386.6 million proposition, he said.We felt like these were the most essential elements that we needed in place to give our kids those advantages that others have, Dansby said. Its very important that we have those, and they are aligned to improving or assisting with student development and classroom instruction. If voters approve Proposition 1, students will have 167 new classrooms, campus visitors will see tighter security and football players will train in updated athletic field houses. The bond program has captured the attention of activists who want to ensure that their neighborhood schools will benefit.We want to see that Carter-Riverside gets their fair deserve of the money, said Cathy Seifert, who serves on Carter-Riverside High Schools site-based decision-making team. We would like to see all the portables gone, but I know that is probably not going to be the case. Trustees voted unanimously Friday to send the bond proposal to voters.The original $785 million proposal was tweaked after parents at Tanglewood Elementary School swiftly mounted a campaign against moving students to a new campus west of Hulen Street, allowing McLean Sixth Grade Center students to move into the old Tanglewood building. To address overcrowding in the Paschal pyramid, trustees added classrooms at Paschal High School, McLean Sixth and Tanglewood to the package.Last week, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce created Citizens Supporting Classroom Excellence, a political action committee that will raise funds to promote the bond package. In coming weeks, district officials will hold community meetings to discuss the projects.Voters will consider three propositions totaling $490 million. Proposition 2 includes $73.3 million to open two new schools a performing and fine arts school and a campus for science, technology, engineering and math for grades sixth to 12. Proposition 3 includes $30 million for non-construction projects including buses, maintenance trucks, band uniforms and instruments.Heres how Proposition 1 breaks down:Expanding for growthA hallmark of Proposition 1 is classroom additions at several schools to expand prekindergarten and ease overcrowding in the growing district. Fort Worth has added 4,634 students since 2007-2008 and is expected to grow by 4,426 students by the 2017-2018 school year. School officals said about 400 students transferred into the district from private schools last year.Universal prekindergartenDansby has visited San Antonio twice to learn about the citys prekindergarten program. City voters in November 2012 approved a 1/8-cent increase in the sales tax rate to support prekindergarten programs for all 4-year-olds. When the Pre-K 4 SA initiative is fully implemented, 3,700 4-year-olds will be educated annually, according to the city of San Antonio.The city will partner with area school districts to offer the service, according to the citys website.In Fort Worth, officials want to expand the prekindergarten program to serve the districts 7,000 eligible 4-year-olds. Currently, theres room for 4,000.Educators say prekindergarten is essential to help prepare children for learning. Teachers say students who have that foundation have an advantage in the classroom and experts say they perform better on tests. Proposition 1 includes $24 million to build additions at 15 schools that will add 82 prekindergarten classrooms. Dansby said the additions will bring prekindergarten to almost every elementary school in Fort Worth. New constructionProposition 1 also calls for converting Benbrook Middle School and Westpark Elementary into a high school complex for grades six through 12. Westpark students would move to a new campus. In Benbrook, people are all behind it, said Bobby Spence, who has a daughter attending Benbrook Middle. Benbrook residents are generally pleased with the possibility of a Benbrook high school, he said. Many Benbrook parents currently transfer their children to Paschal, Arlington Heights or nearby Brewer High School, in the White Settlement school district, rather than sending them to Western Hills High School.Preparing for the digital ageTechnology long familiar to many suburban students, such as laptops and tablets that are used as an educational tool, are funded in Proposition 1. The mobile one-to-one initiative, which would provide a laptop or tablet to every high school student, would cost about $15 million.Crowley schools are issuing iPads to 7,000 students, and the Mansfield school district equipped 9,000 high school students and 500 teachers with iPads last year. The Northwest school district is entering its fifth year of providing computers to sixth through 12th-grade students. This year, Northwest schools students and secondary teachers will get Dell Latitude 10 tablets and elementary teachers will get iPads.