New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The committee found growth was the most rapid in the Bulverde area, with the Canyon Lake area coming in second. While other parts of the district are considered slower-growing sections, they are experiencing a rate of about 5 to IO percent growth each year.
M1 think we’re just seeing the tip of the* iceberg, really,” said Charles Burt, who served as chairman of a subcommittee and helped prepare the final committee report. “When you look at all the land out there, it could be really incredible.”
The district opened three new intermediate schools last year, and all three opened at near capacity. Burt said that is why the committee concentrated on putting together a recommendation that would take the district to the end of the 2002-2003 school year.
“What we’re trying to do is stop playing catch-up,” he said.
The committee presented its final report to the board last month. Recommendations include realignment of campuses, major additions and renovations at existing campuses and construction of three new schools.
TMe plan also calls for a return to elementary, middle school and high school campuses, eliminating the intermediate school configuration. It calls for school size to be set at 1,500 for high schools and 800 for the lower grade level campuses. The price tag for the entire plan is about $105 million.
Burt said although the cost of the package was high, the committee did not want to make cuts for two basic reasons. First, previous packages were underestimated and the committee wanted to make sure the board had a true representation of the cost, Burt explained. The second reason, according to Bult, was board members needed a clear picture of everything that was needed and wanted before cuts began.
COMAL ISD STUDENT ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS
Source: Comal ISD
What lf a bond election fails?
Superintendent Jerry Major said if a bond election is not successful, the district would have to look at its options. The long-range planning committee report included these alternatives:
■ year-round school;
■ split shift schools;
■ leasing space;
■ increased class sizes; and ■additional portable buildings.
“We felt it was important to show the board the whole thing and let (trustees) have a better idea when they started cutting,” said Burt. “We did not cut back the total package at all ... That to me was outside the realm and scope of what we were supposed to do.”
Linda Bertelsen, who also headed up a subcommittee, said committee members did not take into account the fact that the proposal was beyond the means of the district’s budget. She said she and her husband John felt like the committee didn’t even look at the cost implications of their requests and made the report as expensive and as inclusive as possible.
“It was a wish list,” she said. “They didn’t want to take
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responsibility for it (by cutting), and said, ‘Here’s what we want.’”
Krueger said he liked the report and was glad the committee didn’t make any cuts. He said it helped to know what the teachers and administrators requested to make campuses and jobs better.
“The committee did an absolutely excellent job and did exactly what we asked it to do,” he said.
The board already has begun massaging the numbers and has created a new committee to study two variations to the original recommendation.
In both scenarios, only top priority renovations are considered. The difference between the two is that one calls for two new elementary schools while the other calls for one new elementary and the expansion of the Mountain Valley intermediate and elementary schools. The cost for the two packages would be between $89 million and $92 million.How to pay tho bill
Once the board decides what it wants to do, the next step will be funding. The CISD board is in the process of forming its budget for the 1997-1998 school year and has to make approximately $1 milton in cuts.
As a result, Major said, any major expansion or construction project would have to be funded with a bond issue.
“To come up with the kind of money we’re talking about out of the operating budget would be difficult. if not impossible,” he said.
Burt said although he was “not big
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on taxes,” school taxes are “well spent” on children’s education. He said funding plans from legislators and cuts in state aid‘have made it difficult for the district to address growth without a bond issue. ^ _
“We’re a rich district, but we can’t afford the things other districts have.
I don’t understand,” said Burt. “I don’t feel like my kid should do without just because some politician can’t make it work.”
Voters approved a $17.6 million bond issue in 1994. In 1995, the district went back to the taxpayers and asked for another $17.95 million. A recount was called, and the final results showed the bond package narrowly passed by eight votes.
Krueger said the second election was close because a large bond issue had been approved the previous year and support for the second package just wasn’t very strong. He said he does not see the eight-vote margin as an indication of dissent among voters.
Burt said there probably would be more support for a bond package to support this plan, because it was a long-term plan that would not require another bond election for at least five years.
“I think if you lay out a good plan and tell them it’s needed, they’ll back it.” he said.
Bertelsen said the 1995 election should serve as a warning that voters did not support building new schools. She said a bond election calling for more new campuses could be difficult to pass because
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voters wanted to see that the district was efficiently using its resources.
“There are a lot of people out there who are tired of bond elections and tax increases,” she said.
Major said if a bond election was not successful, the district would have to regroup and look at its options. The LRPC report included alternatives such as year-round school, split shift schools, bussing, leasing space, increased class sizes and additional portable buildings.
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