Round Rock ISD voters pass $300 million bonds

ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — Voters approved a nearly $300 million bond package Saturday for the Round Rock Independent School District.

The bonds cover building a new middle school and an elementary school, refreshing technology, renovations, and other projects.

“We are thankful to our voters for showing their support in our school district. The passage of all three propositions will help ensure the best for our students as we continue our journey from first class to world class,” Dr. Steve Flores, Round Rock ISD Superintendent said in a statement.

The three propositions will cost a homeowner an average of $3.55 per month, according to RRISD. That’s for a home with a value of $200,264.

The first bond issue is one of the biggest in the state at $234.2 million for replacing buses, building new schools, and other projects.

The second bond issue focuses on technology and costs nearly $26 million.

The last bond issue is for nearly $39 million to build fine arts auditoriums at two high schools: Stony Point and Cedar Ridge.

“The growth and addressing the growth at our middle school and our Wells Branch will be, I would assume, the first order of business for us to look at,” said Flores.

Flores also pointed to technology as a priority.

“If we want to continue to provide an excellent education for students in Round Rock, this really helps,” said Diane Cox, vice president of the RRISD school district.

Cox says a citizens committee will oversee the spending of the money.

Still, opponents of the bonds believe they cost too much money.

“I definitely voted against all three. They need to come back with a cleaner package that’s more fiscally responsible,” said voter David Butler.

RRISD reports that its student population has grown from 41,000 students to nearly 46,500 students in the six years since the last bond election.

According to the state comptroller, RRISD has $664.4 million in tax-supported debt.

Click here to read the full report about RRISD from the comptroller’s office.

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