Palacios ISD Board Approves an Order to Call a May Bond Election for $83 Million
At the Palacios ISD school board meeting Thursday night, the board approved an order to call a May bond election for $83 million of which $72 million was designated for academic facilities and $11 million for extra-curricular facilities. This bond will allow for updating some of the existing buildings and replacing outdated structures. At the March meeting, the board will continue discussion of a resolution that will limit the financial impact to the taxpayer by capping the tax rate. As the process continues, there will be multiple opportunities for the community to attend informational sessions. This bond proposal was a recommendation from the facilities committee which was formed in July of 2019 under the leadership of Superintendent, Dr. Missy Glenn. The committee was made up of Palacios ISD staff, parents, and community members who worked over seven months developing this proposal. Tours were held in the Fall of 2019 to evaluate the condition of the PISD facilities and their ability to support 21st century learning. Visits to area schools assisted the committee in gathering ideas on how those districts renovated existing buildings or designed and built new facilities. Robert Gadbois with Owners Building Resource was hired in October by Palacios ISD to assist with evaluating our current facilities. The PISD staff were provided an anonymous survey to evaluate their campus and provide comments. In addition, Mr. Gadbois’ team conducted a professional evaluation of each building and determined estimated costs to renovate these facilities. He complimented the district on the job the maintenance department has done on maintaining the buildings but noted concerns with aging issues. The committee looked at these issues and prioritized the urgency to address these concerns. Mr. Gadbois noted that due to the age and deterioration of several of the buildings, he provided a renovation vs replacement cost. Mr. Gadbois updated the board over the last few months on the progress of the committee’s review of the district facilities and provided possible phase-in options which allowed the board to select which priorities were included in the final bond proposal.