Voters Approve Denton ISD Bond Propositions
Denton ISD voters overwhelmingly approved the majority of the school district’s $1.423 billion bond referendum on Saturday night, which was split across multiple propositions for community members to decide on.
Voters were 62% in favor of Proposition A and Proposition B – which totaled $1.418 billion. The capital improvement plan is the largest in Denton ISD history, and a record 18,202 votes were cast.
The school district’s tax rate – which has decreased by over $0.19 since the last bond election in 2018 – will not increase as a result of the passage of this bond. Since 2005, Denton ISD’s Board of School Trustees has saved taxpayers $274.4 million by refinancing existing bonds as part of debt management practices.
“We are extremely fortunate to live in a community such as Denton ISD that has shown time and time again how much they value the public education system,” Denton ISD Superintendent Dr. Jamie Wilson said. “The approval of this capital improvement plan is proof of this. These measures will allow us to prepare for and get ahead of the unprecedented growth taking place in our district.”
Proposition A covers growth, student opportunity and safety and security. Included in Proposition A are three elementary schools – two in the eastern portion of the district, and one in the Denton High School zone. Proposition A also includes High School No. 5 and a second Advanced Technology Center (ATC), both of which are slated for the town of Cross Roads to address growth in the eastern portion of Denton ISD.
Proposition A also includes two replacement schools for Borman Elementary and Ginnings Elementary. Each of those campuses are over 50 years old.
Proposition B includes technology which every campus in the district will benefit from. These items include interactive touchscreen digital panels in all classrooms, competition-level eSports learning spaces at every high school, cybersecurity upgrades and advanced, high-speed internet access.
All of the projects in Proposition A will be supported by the infrastructure in Proposition B.
The development of the bond proposal involved an in-depth process of gathering information, research and community input. The district solicited input from the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) — a group comprising 72 community members and 14 students from various geographic areas and backgrounds.
CAC committee members met six times during a five-month period to study and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs.
To view more information about the bond and to view all of the projects that will soon be under construction, visit www.dentonisd.org/bond2023.