Northeast Tarrant

Carroll schools launch bond, budget website

Funded by the last Carroll district bond election in 2009, Carroll Middle School opened in 2011.
Funded by the last Carroll district bond election in 2009, Carroll Middle School opened in 2011. Star-Telegram

Carroll district officials launched a new website last week to keep community members informed about a potential 2017 bond election, budget information and facilities planning.

According to the site, carrollbudget.com, trustees will likely consider a May 2017 bond election, which would need to be called in February. The only other option for 2017 is November. The Carroll school district last held a bond election in 2009. The $138 million issue approved by voters included Carroll Middle School and Walnut Grove Elementary School.

Carroll district officials sent a $19 million “Robin Hood” recapture payment to the state of Texas in 2016 for daily operations. Tax funds collected for bonds stay within the district.

The Capital Needs Planning Committee presented a list of recommended projects to the board in June. A new fine arts center, several building additions, improvements to technology and long-term maintenance items made the list.

At the Oct. 24 board meeting, Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for board and community relations, said the site would have an online survey posted before the end of the year to elicit feedback and gauge support from residents for a possible bond.

Thannum said district officials have made some initial presentations to Parent Teacher Organizations at several schools in recent months to talk about district facility needs.

Sandra J. Engelland: 817-390-7323, @SandraEngelland

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