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Cuero voters to decide fate of $76M school bond issue

By Sonny Long
Oct. 31, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.


BOND BREAKDOWN

The $76 million bond proposal in the Cuero school district includes the following construction projects. Friday is the last day of early voting. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - $33.5 million

• Construction of new pre-kindergarten - kindergarten campus for 300 students

• Construction of new 1-2-3 campus for 600 students

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL RENOVATIONS - $1.8 million

• HVAC upgrades

• Restroom renovations

• Repair/Install fresh air units

• Repair damage to asphalt parking lot

• New fenced in playground and new ADA playground

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ADDITIONS/RENOVATIONS - $9 million

• New classroom wing for grades 6-8

• New ag shop

• New band hall and Choir

• Locker room addition and renovation

• Covered walkway from cafeteria to main building

HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS - $2 million

• New classrooms

• New art room

• Remove portables

• Ag classroom and shop addition

• Renovate Hot Box Gym

DISTRICTWIDE IMPROVEMENTS - $29.7 million

• New performing arts center with 800 seats

• New stadium seating (4,000 home and 3,000 visitor) and restrooms

• New competition gym with boys' and girls' field house

• New band hall/choir

• Install security, technology and energy conservation equipment

Resolution to reimburse for track and turf

SOURCE: CUERO SCHOOL DISTRICT

POLLING PLACES

For the Tuesday Cuero school district bond election:

• St. Mark's Lutheran Church

•  Harry O. Gibson Center, Yoakum

•  St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown

•  St. John Lutheran Church, Meyersville

Gonzales County Courthouse, Gonzales

SOURCE: CUERO SCHOOL DISTRICT

CUERO - An 800-seat performing arts center is on the list of projects if a $76 million school bond issue passes muster with voters in the Cuero school district.

The proposal also includes new schools, a gym and band hall and expanded seating in Gobbler Stadium, where artificial turf was recently installed.

The current debt service rate of 6 cents per $100 valuation could increase to about 39 cents or less if the bond passes.

"Values continue to rise, so the rate will decrease, " said Superintendent Jim Haley.

He said the district wants to seize on the opportunity when oil and gas companies will foot the majority of the bond, which will likely be a 25-year note.

"The research and predictions made by area leaders suggest that we are on the upswing of increased values that could last for another eight to 10 years," said Haley.

"It is a better business move to consider these initiatives now than wait until the peak of the oil boom has been reached, and it begins to taper off."

With the continued enrollment growth, the superintendent said facilities are needed now.

"The facilities that would be constructed with these bond funds will be needed in the next five to 10 years whether or not the bond passes," said Haley. "They will only cost more to build in the future.

"Students on every campus will benefit from the new facilities, and the community members who have worked for more than 30 years to raise funds for the fine arts facility will finally see their efforts pay off with a new performing arts center."

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