Sheldon ISD board members call May 2020 bond election

Some of these future developments Dr. Davis was alluding to include two new apartment complexes (projected 378 combined units), the new Imperial Forest Edition near Royalwood Elementary (projected 326 homes), and another proposed housing development near Garrett Elementary.

“According to our PEIMS data, Sheldon ISD’s enrollment has increased by approximately 734 students since last school year alone,” Dr. Davis said. “I appreciate our board’s proactive approach to address these current and future capacity issues.”

Dr. Davis said the bond, if approved, would be spread out into three phases.

The majority parts of Phase 1 would add wings for classroom expansions at both Cravens Early Childhood Academy and Michael R. Null Middle School; security upgrades; and additional interior and exterior renovations throughout the district.

Phase 2 includes the construction of a seventh elementary campus; and Phase 3 would add a third Early Childhood Academy, a third middle school campus, a Ninth Grade Center or Grade 9/10 campus, multipurpose arena, and a natatorium.

Sheldon ISD Chief Financial Officer Abraham George said that if voters were to approve the 2020 bond, the district’s Interest and Sinking (I&S) rate would increase by 4 cents per $100 assessed values. For example, a homeowner’s residence valued at $100,000 (taxable value) would see a $40 per year (or $3.33 per month) increase.

It is also important to note that Sheldon ISD residents age 65 or over will not see an increase in their tax rate if they have applied for an Over 65 tax exemption.

George also said because of a new law that was recently passed by the Texas Legislature, the district’s overall bond package must be split into three propositions on the ballot. Proposition “A” would include the instructional upgrades; Proposition “B” includes the multipurpose arena; and Proposition “C” is for a community/district natatorium.

District administrators are currently working on providing the community with additional information about the 2020 bond through informational webpages, social media posts, district mailers, and upcoming Town Hall meetings.

The informational webpages will be located at the following URL:  www.sheldonisd.com/bond2020/

 

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Source: District Snapshot dates (last week of October each year).

Sheldon ISD’s current enrollment is 10,135 students (an increase 734 students from last school year). Over the past decade, the district’s enrollment figures have increased by more than 32 percent – from 6,851 students in 2010 to 10,135 students in 2020. As of Feb. 1, Sheldon ISD’s student enrollment was 10,211.