If you live in the Northside ISD, get ready to vote in May on a $648 million bond issue.
1200 WOAI news reports that the proposal being floated today by Superintendent Brian Woods following two months of meetings with the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee.
According to information released by the district, this would be the first bond issue ever in Northside in which more money would go to repairing and upgrading existing school buildings than into building new ones.
More than half of NISD's schools are twenty years old or more.
This will be the first bond issue in Northside since 2010, after regular bond issues every three years since 1995 to deal with explosive growth. NISD now has more than 100,000 students, making it the fourth largest school district in Texas, after the Dallas, Houston, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISDs.
One interesting part of the bond issue, first reported last month by 1200 WOAI news, is the addition of 'bullet resistant lobbies' in thirty schools. The new Bonnie Ellison Elementary off Interstate 10, which is set to open in the fall, has the prototype of the 'outer lobby' where visitors will have to display identification before being allowed into the school.
The bond proposal also includes one new high school, now called Kallison Ranch. It will be built on FM 471 beyond the existing Taft High School near the Medina County line, in one of the fastest growing areas of San Antonio.
$47 million will also go to technology upgrades, and there will also be money in the budget to buy new school busses.