By George Slaughter, news editor
The ISD Facilities Royal Advisory Committee recommended on November 17 that projects worth $144 million be included in the May 2023 bond election.
Meanwhile, the committee members are scheduled to hold their final meeting on December 8. At that meeting, the committee members will select two people to present the committee’s recommendations to the board. The trustees will review and approve or reject the bond package for placement on the May ballot.
Most of the projects recommended for the package have been approved
Committee members approved 36 out of 37 items of the bond package. The only provision denied was a $5.25 million purchase of land, which would have been used for two elementary schools.
Supported items for the package include:
Safety and security
- Perimeter fence $476,000.
- Exterior doors: $692,000.
- Security equipment $1.8 million.
- Security corridors 1.1 million dollars.
- The new second grade of pre-kindergarten, $42.9 million.
- New Science Expo Center, $12.9 million.
- Land Acquisition (No. 2 Elementary School and High School/Middle School/Agricultural Center New Campus), $10.6 million.
- Design for the new middle and high school, $9.3 million.
Comprehensive renovations and remodels
- High school renovations (relocation of ROTC and cosmetics to CTE, classroom relocation), $4.5 million.
- Add CTE (New Culinary Arts, Classrooms, Labs, and Support Spaces), $2.4 million.
- CTE Addition (Welding Addition – 20 booths, project assembly space, classrooms and support services), $2.3 million.
- Elementary school addition (increasing capacity, adding flexible learning spaces, replacing floors and repairing slabs), $8.3 million.
- Transportation center renovations, $4.7 million.
- New turf field $2.1 million.
- New track $1.8 million.
- Visitor ovary replacement (800 ovaries), $420,000.
- Home bleacher renovation (adding 200 bleachers, renovating bathrooms and press box), $1.3 million.
- Website safety and security, $627,000
- Rooftop tennis courts, $80,000.
- Compliance with the rules, $8 million.
- $2.8 million cap leak.
- Building repairs: $8.1 million.
- Communication systems $2.7 million.
- Food service equipment: $1.7 million.
- Casework/interior finish upgrades, $2.4 million.
- Technology upgrade $1.6 million.
- Floor finishes, $2.1 million.
- Ceiling tile/grid replacement, $1.4 million.
- Furniture $2.5 million.
- Site repairs $1.1 million.
- Interactive flat panels for all classrooms, $700,000.
- Network infrastructure upgrades, million dollars.
New secretaries to consider the package
The Trustees of The Royal School are expected to consider and approve the bond package at their meeting in January. The four newest trustees — Scott Hartman, Perla Mariela Aguilar, Corey Hilsman Vahalik and Jamie Meador — were sworn in at a special meeting on November 21.
Kimberly Bow volunteers to help lead the bondholders. She said it was “near and dear” to her, even though she lived in Fulcher rather than the Royal ISD. While she said she understood ISD royal voters disapproved of the last bond election in November 2021, this time she said things looked different.
“There were a lot of great questions that were asked,” Bo said, adding that there was a lot of good information to share with families, friends and neighbors about the bonds and what they entail for the area.
“I think this committee has done a lot of hard work and they understand the needs that are out there,” Bo said.
For the bond election to move forward, Bo said, the trustees must approve the measure by February 17, 2023.