The Round Rock ISD community approved the $508.4 million Bond proposition on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. Projects included in the Bond package are a new elementary school to address explosive growth on the District’s northeast side; expanding existing schools to replace portables and accommodate growth; a significant investment in modernizing both McNeil and Westwood high schools; crucial upgrades to campus security; replacing and upgrading aging and obsolete items and systems in older facilities (including roofing, HVAC; electrical and plumbing upgrades); replacing out-of-date technology; and building new facilities to accommodate growth.
Currently, District Departments are planning to responsibly roll out projects by following a thorough planning process for design and permitting which will be followed by implementation or construction. The planning and design process for each project can take anywhere from a few weeks to months to solidify and our District follows these processes to ensure that projects are completed as soon as possible while using taxpayer funds responsibly.
- 2018 Bond Election Informational Material
- 2018 Bond project list by campus
- Round Rock ISD’s Bond Facts
To see how individual campuses will be affected, use the drop-down menus below.
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PROJECTED BOND 2018 OVERVIEW BY YEAR
- McNeil HS – Master Plan Phase 2a (Planning/Design)
- CD Fulkes MS Reconstruction(Planning/Design)
- Westwood HS – Master Plan Phase 4a and 4b (Planning/Design)
- Aquatics Practice Facility (Planning/Design)
- Elementary #35 (Planning/Design)
- Support Services Building (Planning/Design)
- Districtwide ES- School Playground Updates**
- Districtwide – Replace Paving**
- Districtwide-Endpoint Devices-Refresh Student Laptop Carts and Devices**
- Districtwide-Replace Cafeteria AV/Multimedia Systems**
- Districtwide ES – Replace Aging Projectors with Interactive Flat Panels**
- Districtwide-Endpoint Devices – CTE/Journalism/Language Labs**
- Districtwide-Local Area Network/Wide Area Network Refresh**
- Districtwide-Server/Storage Refresh/Expansion (PDC)**
- Districtwide-Server/Storage Refresh/Expansion (SDC)**
- Districtwide-Technology Requests for Fine Arts **
- Districtwide-UPS Refresh **
- Districtwide-WAN Fiber Refresh **
- Districtwide-Wireless Refresh**
- Districtwide- Install
SurviellenceCameras and Panic Buttons for Portables**
- Districtwide- Update Public Address (PA) System**
- Districtwide- Access Control System for Door Alarms and Badging**
- Districtwide- Burglar Alarm/Intrusion Detection System**
- Districtwide- Campus Radio Systems and Signal Repeaters**
- Districtwide- Implement Emergency Broadcast Notification System**
- Districtwide- Install Emergency Telephone/Video Intercom System at Entry **
- Districtwide- Implement Student /Staff Badging System**
- Districtwide- Upgrade Visitor Management System**
- Districtwide- Two-Way Communication System**
- Districtwide – Install Additional Video Surveillance**
- Districtwide- Bus/Fleet Management (GPS and Video
- Districtwide – Replace Fire Alarm Systems**
- * Project timeline and construction are subject to Board of Trustee approval
- **Project implementation to take place over multiple years
- Early College HS (Planning/Design)
- McNeil HS (Construction)
- CD Fulkes Middle School (Construction)
- Aquatics Practice Facility (Construction)
- Elementary 35 (Construction)
- Support Services Building (Construction)
- Districtwide – Refresh Campus and Staff Devices
- Westwood (Construction)
- Early College HS (Construction)
What are bonds?
A bond is a debt instrument in which an investor loans money to the District. The proceeds from the bond are used to finance capital projects and other long term items. The District repays the principle of the bonds, along with interest, over a period of time. School districts can only sell bonds if authorization is received by voters.
Bond dollars are not part of the District’s operating budget; they cannot be spent on any initiative or program that is not explicitly identified in the bond proposition, such as teacher salaries.
Additionally, bond dollars are not subject to recapture. Recapture, or “Robin Hood” is a state law that requires RRISD to send money to the state each fiscal year out of its operating budget—this year more than $30 million. Bond dollars are $1 for $1 investment in Round Rock ISD; the state can’t take bond dollars as part of recapture.
QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL BOND 2018?
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Citizens Bond Committee begins assessing need for a possible Bond election
Citizens Bond Committee continues to discuss potential timelines for future Bond
Citizens Bond Committee continues to assess need for a possible Bond election
Board of Trustees accepts Citizen Bond Committee recommendation for November 2018 Bond timeline, requests proposal for potential projects
Citizens Bond Committee drills down on potential projects for future bond
Citizens Bond Committee mulls over project list for future Bond
Citizens Bond Committee delivers recommendation on Bond proposal to Board of Trustees
Board calls for $508.4 million Bond Election in November 2018
VIDEO: Round Rock ISD: Bond 2018 Overview
BOND-splaining: How can a $508.4 million bond have no impact on the tax rate
21st Century Learning: Interactive Touch Panels inspire engagement, increase learning
VIDEO: Round Rock ISD: Tax Rate Impact
Bond-Splaining: Why is a swim practice facility included in the Bond?
Bond Project Impact: C.D. Fulkes Middle School Reconstruction
VIDEO: Bond Project Impact: Elementary School #35
Bond Project Impact: A New Elementary School Would Address Growth in Round Rock ISD
Bond Project Impact: Safety and Security in Round Rock ISD
Bond Project Impact: Bond 2018 would continue work on high school Master Plans, address growth and security issues
How will Bond 2018 impact my Round Rock ISD property tax rate?
How is it possible that Bond 2018 would not result in a tax rate increase?
Another important factor: Round Rock ISD will not borrow the total amount of the Bond on Day 1. Instead, the District will utilize a borrow-as-we-go financial model, much like a credit card. The Bond is like increasing our credit limit, but it doesn’t mean the District will be borrowing all the money right away. We’ll borrow and pay off the debt as we need it for projects underway. The school District has actually lowered the tax rate since the 2014 Bond. We did this by paying off existing debts, refinancing for better rates and taking advantage of an expanding tax base. The 2018 Bond is not expected to increase the tax rate for our community as it has been designed to leverage a number of district assets to keep the Bond in line with the District’s ability to repay.
What projects are included in Bond 2018?
- Construction of elementary school to alleviate crowding on District’s East side
- Upgrades to campus safety and security
- Classroom additions to replace portable buildings
- Additional funds for Westwood High School Master Plan Phase 4
- Additional funds for McNeil High School Master Plan Phase 2
- An investment in technology
- Construction of a practice swim facility
- Playground upgrades
- Heating and cooling system, roofing, electrical, plumbing, flooring replacements and upgrades