Voters in Cleveland ISD have a big decision to make in the Nov. 5 general election. They are being asked to consider a $198 million bond to fund improvements on existing campuses to relieve overcrowding and construction of two new elementary campuses and one new middle school campus.
To make sure that voters are well-informed of what is at stake, Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter is addressing groups throughout the month of October. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Trotter will be the featured speaker at the monthly membership luncheon for the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce.
If you aren’t able to make the luncheon, these are the four other gatherings scheduled this month:
- Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. – Town Hall Meeting at Cleveland ISD Administration Building
- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 12 noon – Lions Club luncheon at the Cleveland Senior Citizens Center
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting at Cleveland ISD Administration Building
- Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. – Cleveland High School Band Hall
One of the most confusing aspects of the bond election for many voters is how the bond will come at zero tax rate increase. Additional rooftops in Cleveland ISD, the fastest-growing school district in Texas, coupled with a property tax reduction from the Texas Legislature, higher property valuations and a higher student population count (which impacts federal and state funding), will provide the District with the capital it needs for the projects. However, the District still must get approval from voters.
If approved, the bond will include funding for:
- Improvements and renovations to Northside Elementary
- Improvements to the existing baseball and softball fields at Cleveland High School
- Two new elementary campuses that will relieve overcrowding at Eastside Elementary and address continued growth
- One new middle school to relieve overcrowding at Cleveland Middle School and address continued growth
- Improvements to the new administration building
Here’s a look back at the District’s previous bonds: