College Station voters approve $83.5M bond
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:52pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — Big plans are in store for College Station ISD; $83.5 million to be exact.
In Tuesday's election, 69 percent of residents decided to approve the 2013 bond.
Results Superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson are happy with, "Our community has a long history of supporting the school district and here is another example of that so we're very excited about the community support and excited about the projects associated with the bond."
But now that the bond has been approved, what's next?
Dr. Coulson says they plan to start getting down to business immediately.
"We're going to move as quickly as we can," Coulson said. "Certainly move responsibly and make sure that everything is well planned but we're not going to let too much grass grow before we get moving with the projects."
And that means the design phase is already underway. with $20 million of the bond going towards a new elementary school and another $15.5 million going towards a new center for alternative learning.
We're told the rest will be allocated for renovations to existing schools, safety upgrades and purchases of new technology and buses.
Projects and plans Dr. Coulson say are necessary to keep up with College Station's growing population.
"We have 630 more students this year than we did last year and it's a great place to live and as more and more people recognize that, we're likely to grow even more and we'll be prepared, as a school district, to handle that." Dr. Coulson said.
The last school bonds to be passed were in 2007 and 2009.