A new $50 million bond is up for election in Andrews County.
“We’ve been contemplating this around four to five years,” says Charles Simpson, a school board member for Andrews ISD.
If passed the bond would bring a number of improvements to the district. The main focus would be on building an agriculture farm, an alternative education center and additional classrooms in the middle school.
After the recent population boom, school district officials say these have become necessities.
“We are over 4,100 kids when the experts told us years ago that we would be down to 2000,” says Bobby Azam, the Superintendent of Andrews ISD.
Unlike other school bonds in which money is immediately used, the first $15 million would be put into the top projects. The other $35 million would be rolled out.
“The remaining $35 million does not get sold all at one time. The $35 million that’s remaining, will be sold at the boards discretion, as we feel it’s needed and as the market allows,” says Azam.
Azam points out in upcoming years, needs and prices fluctuate. Having the ability to hold the money when needed would be beneficial in timing he says.
As the May elections get closer, good communication with taxpayers is key to the school district. And it’s something that’s a top priority when getting the word across.
“We just want everyone to know the ins and outs of this bond election, and what it could do,” says Azam. “So we’ve talked about what we have done with the previous and what we will do with this money coming up.”
The school plans to have their next community meeting on the school bond April 3.