VIDEO: School District Seeks Approval of $150M Bond

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District sign
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District sign | Image by NBC 5 DFW

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is asking voters to approve three bond propositions totaling $150 million.

The bond propositions have allocations related to school safety, aging campuses, and infrastructure, according to the district’s website.

Proposition A totals $134,236,405 million and would include money for facility deficiencies, minor renovations, and updates to safety, security, and technology infrastructure for all school facilities. It will also provide funding to update equipment for career and technical education, libraries, and nutrition, fine arts, and athletics departments.

Proposition B totals $10,225,554 million and will “continue existing technology devices.” This will help maintain existing systems, support learning, and place devices as needed.

Proposition C, which totals $5,538,041 million, will improve the swim center by adding filtration and updating and replacing equipment.

“Over the last year, more than 80 stakeholders through two committees have been involved in a process to develop GCISD’s 2024 bond,” the bond video states.

“This process began early in 2023 with the Long Range Planning Committee, which studied and prioritized projects that would maintain our existing facilities, support student programs, and update infrastructure for GCISD students for the next 10 years.”

According to Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s website, the bond proposition will not increase the district’s tax rate. The current tax rate is $0.9247, the lowest in 25 years. The tax rate in 2020 was $1.3031.

Early voting will begin on April 22 and end on April 30. Election day is May 4.

Dallas ISD recently began constructing a new school as part of a $3.4 billion bond approved by voters in 2020, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

For the 2021-2022 school year — the latest available data, 68% of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD students scored at grade level or above on the STAAR exam. The school maintained an impressive 96% four-year graduation rate — well above the state’s average of 90%.

By comparison, only 41% of Dallas ISD students scored at grade level or above for the same school year on the STAAR exam, but nearly 20% of Dallas ISD students failed to obtain a diploma within four years.

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