Northeast Tarrant

Keller superintendent to host bond town hall meeting

With early voting just around the corner, Keller school district Superintendent Randy Reid will host a town hall meeting Wednesday to present an overview of the $169.5 million bond package.

If the bond issue 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 package includes a renovation and addition to South Keller Intermediate School to turn it into a career and technical education facility for high school students; three new schools to address enrollment growth; a major renovation and addition at Keller High School; and upgrades to district technology and security.

Officials would use the new classroom space to adjust feeder patterns, making them more consistent across the district and reducing overcrowding at some campuses. 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.