A committee of citizens appointed by the Board of Trustees, called the Facilities and Bond Oversight Committee (FBOC), is currently reviewing whether to recommend a bond initiative to go before voters in May 2020. The committee is meeting now through November with the goal of making a recommendation to the Board in December.
Among the chief items being considered are expansions at some of the district’s middle and elementary schools, and a new elementary campus to accommodate student growth. At the end of September 2019, there were 20,772 students enrolled in Hays CISD – up 860 students from the same date the previous year. All of the items under consideration are divided into five key needs categories: new construction, major maintenance, transportation, safety, and instruction and technology. The full working list is online at a webpage dedicated to the potential bond at www.hayscisd.net/bond2020.
Parents and community members are encouraged to follow the activities of the committee and share ideas and thoughts through the “Bond Talk” feature, which is also on the dedicated bond webpage.
The FBOC is comprised of 28 voting members - four appointments from each of the seven School Board members. Additionally, some Hays CISD administrators are serving as non-voting, advisory members.
If the committee recommends, and the Board adopts a bond recommendation, the district would hold public forums on the recommendation in January. School district residents would then vote on the bond in May 2020.