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On Monday, February 8, 2021, the Royse City ISD School Board unanimously approved a May 2021 Bond Referendum to address current and future student enrollment growth. This vote comes one month after the Bond Steering Committee presented its recommended projects. This $230 million project was designed to meet rapid growth in Royse City ISD. A bond election will be held on May 1, 2021 for all residents of Royse City ISD. The $230 million total will be funded through property value growth within Royse City ISD and with zero increase in the property tax rate.
The projects are split into two separate ballot propositions for voters as outlined below.
- Cherry Elementary Replacement (Verandah Estates)
- Early Childhood Center Renovations (Existing Cherry Elem)
- Elementary #7
- Elementary #8
- Royse City High School Expansion (Career & Technical Education Focus)
- Herndon Elementary Expansion
- Miss May Vernon Elementary Expansion
- Ouida Baley Middle School Expansion
- Davis Elementary Upgrades
- Fort Elementary Upgrades
- Land Purchases for Future School Sites
- Ag Project Center
- Royse City ISD Event Center
- Technology, Infrastructure and Security Upgrades
- Expanded Bus Parking
- RCISD Stadium Expansion and Parking
- Baseball & Softball Stadium Expansion and Entrance
Members of the Bond Steering Committee represented students, parents, staff members, business owners, grandparents and community members from all parts of Royse City ISD. The group met multiple times in the fall and were provided with information from demographers, financial experts, construction professionals and district officials in order to identify and prioritize the items needed for this bond program. In addition, they were aided by the district's Master Facility Plan that outlines ways to address growth for the next 15 years.
“We are proud of the work of this committee. Having representation from all parts of Royse City ISD as well as guidance from demographers helped form this plan to address the growth that is here and continues to come,” said Superintendent Kevin Worthy. “The success and completion of Bond 2018 brings us to this new opportunity to prepare for the future and I look forward to sharing this information in detail with our communities.”
Over the past three years, Royse City ISD was the 49th fastest growing school district in Texas' more than 1,200 ISDs. Student enrollment is projected to grow by 6% or greater each year for the next 10 years. The latest forecast from Templeton Demographics shows that the district will surpass 10,000 students by 2027-2028. The components in the Bond 2021 package are designed to meet growth projects for the next 6-8 years.
Opportunities for public presentations and detailed information will be offered by Royse City ISD in the coming weeks.
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