Keller Citizen

Keller ISD superintendent to host bond town hall

With early voting just around the corner, Keller Superintendent Randy Reid will host a Bond Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 8, to present an overview of the $169.5 million bond package.

The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Keller High School Fine Arts Center, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd.

If the bond passes in November, the district’s tax rate—already at the $1.54 maximum allowed without voter approval— would not increase. Voters rejected a bid to raise the rate for daily operations in 2011. In the last bond election in 2008, voters approved $142.3 million in new construction, additions and upgrades and denied $25 million for a second district stadium.

The major components of the package are: a $37.8 million renovation and addition to South Keller Intermediate School to turn it into a career training facility for high school students, $40.5 million for a fifth- through eighth-grade campus, $20.8 million for an elementary school, $13.2 million for a second early learning center, $23.55 million for renovation and addition to Keller High School and $12.1 million for additions to Hillwood Middle School and Parkwood Hill Middle School.

Officials would use the new classroom space to adjust feeder patterns, making them more consistent across the district. There are currently seven schools that have split feeder patterns: Freedom, Ridgeview and Willlis Lane elementary schools; Parkwood Hill and South Keller intermediate schools; and Hillwood and Indian Springs middle schools. Under bond revisions, only Ridgeview would continue to be split.

Early voting is Oct. 20-31 and election day is Nov. 4.