On February 15, the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call for a $398,255,000 bond election to be held on May 7, 2022.
The school board vote to approve two separate propositions came in response to recommendations from a Community Bond Committee that worked for six months evaluating the conditions of all ECISD facilities. In January, members of that Community Bond Committee presented their findings to Trustees identifying four main areas of focus. The school board used those recommendations in shaping its decision to move forward with a bond election. The proposed bond projects would include:
Proposition A, $215,255,000 which would include:
- Maintenance & life-cycle repairs/replacement for school district buildings ($130,255,000)
- Various projects for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire & life safety, and others at schools and auxiliary buildings
- Construction of a new Career & Technical Education (CTE) Center ($70 million)
- Construction of a new CTE center; classroom and lab space for programs like welding, construction, health science, automation & process technology, HVAC, plumbing and others; estimated at 150,000 square feet; includes furniture, fixtures, and equipment
- Classroom technology upgrades ($15 million)
- Classroom and/or campus audio, visual and multimedia refresh or additions
Proposition B, $183,000,000 for a new comprehensive high school
- Construction of a new high school; designed for 2,500-2,800 student capacity; estimated at 400,000 square feet; includes furniture, fixtures, and equipment
District leaders anticipate this bond will create a tax rate increase of 15-cents and, for a home with a taxable value of $100,000, would equate to a tax increase of approximately $12 per month. There would be no tax increase on residence homesteads for taxpayers 65 and older, as state law dictates that the tax rate and the amount paid,on a residence, are frozen when that person turns 65 years old, applies for the exemption and is approved by the Ector County Appraisal District. ECISD gives local taxpayers a 20% Homestead Exemption, which is the maximum allowed by law.
Early Voting for the May 7, 2022, election will run from Monday, April 25, through Tuesday, May 3, and be held only at the Ector County Courthouse Annex, 1010 E. 8th Street.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.