Portable classrooms have become such a permanent part of the landscape at Bedichek Middle School that murals adorn the sides of them, including the face of the school’s namesake.
Such temporary buildings, which house two classrooms each, line the properties of campuses throughout the Austin school district. With 16 portables, Bedichek has the second most.
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Proposition 2 totals $234 million for safety and security improvements, relief for overcrowding and new construction:
- $92.1 million to build three new elementary schools in undetermined locations. The original propositions contained four schools, but after an updated demographics report revealed less growth, a committee scaled the plan back to three.
- $12.15 million to purchase the land for the three new schools.
- $47.45 million on additional classrooms for Blazier, Cook, Doss, Perez and Pillow elementary schools and Burnet and Murchison middle schools.
- $23.5 million for safety and security improvements which includes replacing the district’s radio system, security upgrades to portable classrooms, and replacing districtwide surveillance cameras. More than 100 schools, plus district headquarters and other buildings, also are getting security upgrades that include replacing intrusion and fire alarm systems.
- $15.4 million to fund additions to the Cook, Hill and Zilker elementary campuses. Cook will get a new gym and an expanded cafeteria. Hill will get an addition that includes three classrooms and restrooms, a new gym and an expanded cafeteria. Zilker Elementary will get a new gym, a music room and a multipurpose room.
- $15.3 million for additions to bring nine schools up to par with other campuses in the district. Gullet and Pillow elementaries will get expansions to administrative offices. Sims and St. Elmo elementaries will get expanded gyms. Highland Park Elementary will get an expanded gym and new bathrooms. Barrington Elementary will get a new gym and cafeteria renovation. Wooten Elementary will get expanded administrative offices and new gym storage. Cunningham Elementary will get an expansion of its administrative offices and health services. Govalle will get expanded administrative offices, as well as a new multipurpose gym addition.
- $11 million to expand and replace a gym at Anderson High School, which administrators say has the smallest seating of all the district’s 4-A and 5-A high schools.
- $8 million to design and plan for a proposed high school in South Austin. In a 2008 bond package, voters approved purchasing the land for the school, but the land still has not been purchased.
- $7.6 million to build a 500-seat performing arts center at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
- $1.5 million for a fine arts addition and renovations at Lamar Middle School.
Estimated effect on property taxes
Proposition / Amount / Tax rate per $100 / for a $100,000 home / for a $200,000 home / for a $300,000 home / for a $400,000 home
Prop. 1 / $140.6 million / $0.0055 / $5.50 / $11 / $16.50 / $22
Prop. 2 / $234 million / $0.0092 / $9.20 / $18.40 / $27.60 / $36.80
Prop. 3 / $349.2 million / $0.0137 / $13.70 / $27.40 / $41.40 / $54.80
Prop. 4 / $168.6 million / $0.0066 / $6.60 / $13.20 / $19.80 / $26.40
If all 4 pass/$892.2 million / $0.0350 / $35 / $70 / $105 / $140
For more information on the proposed bond package, visit www.austinisd.org/bond.
IN-DEPTH: SCHOOL BONDS
The Statesman is examining the Austin school district’s largest-ever bond package, which seeks $892 million from taxpayers to build schools, beef up technology, and repair aging facilities. This is the second in a series of four articles that focuses on each of the four bond propositions. Early voting begins April 29.