The Austin school board, campaigning for an $892 million bond package — the largest ever attempted by a Central Texas district — has gained key support from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
The board has called a special meeting Monday to vote on a resolution that commits to adding a layer of oversight to the bond spending. The resolution also commits to address underenrollment at some campuses — a move aimed, at least in part, to appease chamber leaders who have raised concerns about schools that are close to half-empty.
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The $892 million bond package — the largest ever attempted by a Central Texas school district — will be broken into four propositions:
• $140.6 million for health, environment, equipment and technology.
• $233.9 million for safety, security and relief from overcrowded schools.
• $349.2 million for academic and building infrastructure renovations and repairs.
• $168.6 million for academic initiatives, fine arts and athletics.