ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock ISD’s $572 million bond package has been voted down, with Travis County voters being especially opposed.
Propositions one and two got the approval of voters in Williamson County, however Travis County voters largely went against the measures. Proposition three, which included funding for an indoor aquatic center, did not pass in either Williamson or Travis County.
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The bond, which was broken up into three propositions, included money to build the district’s 35th elementary school, a high school, an indoor aquatics center, a third outdoor athletic facility and designs for a permanent Early College and Health Professionals High School.
The district issued a statement following the defeat at the polls saying its next steps will be to find solutions to funding and overcrowding.
“Round Rock ISD will need to address funding and strategies for capital renewal projects, replacing outdated technology, and to accommodate crowded schools. Those next steps will be discussed at a future Board of Trustees meeting. The Board will adopt its budget for the 2017-18 school year in June. It will set its tax rate in September.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores addressed the defeat saying, “We are fortunate to have the best teachers and educators in the state of Texas and in the nation at Round Rock ISD. We will continue to serve kids and provide a world class service for our families.”
RRISD spokesman Corey Ryan said that this bond was the result of two and a half years of planning and research.
Members of the Round Rock Parents and Taxpayers Association said they would help with the creation of a new bond.
“I will be the first to volunteer my time to serve on a new bond committee, 100 percent. I backed my word up that I will support the right bond and I would hope that they would listen to those of us on the west side of the district and get more engagement from this community because this particular bond did not,” said Edmund Buckley, who has children at RRISD.
“The community, our grassroots coalition defeated it on a shoe string, so I think that tells you a lot, we wouldn’t have done this if it was actually a decent bond worth passing, it failed because it deserved to fail,” said Patrick McGuinness of the Round Rock Parents and Taxpayers Association.
- Proposition 1 – $381.6 Million: Addresses the most urgent needs of growth and safety in Round Rock ISD, including High School #6, Elementary School #35, improvements to aging facilities, replacement of aging technology at all schools and the continuation of Master Plans at McNeil and Westwood high schools.
- Proposition 2 – $133.6 Million: Aligns with the Strategic Plan for needs of growth and innovation, including expansions at elementary, middle, and high schools to accommodate crowded schools, a Career Tech High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Middle School and an Early College and Health Professions High School.
- Proposition 3 – $56.8 Million: Meets the needs of a world class community’s expectations for arts and athletic programs, including an indoor aquatic center, the District’s outdoor athletic facility #3, upgrades to Dragon Stadium and design of auditoriums at Round Rock and Westwood high schools.