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Trinity ISD hoping to pass new $11.3 million bond for school repairs

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TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Election season is finally upon us and for one East Texas school district it could mean the beginning of good things to come.

Trinity ISD recently elected to call a bond election to help make much needed improvements to the schools.

Trinity ISD superintendent John Kaufman said it’s been a year long process. 

“It ended up being an $11.3 million bond referendum that they brought to the school board in August and on August 27th I believe the school board elected to call a bond.” Kaufman said.

If passed that $11. 3 million will go to help Lansberry elementary repair their leaky roof and library, as well as add much needed entry control points to the main entrances of the buildings and countless other classroom and recreational additions to the high school.

“Our enrollment is growing our facilities need to be renovated. Our science labs are antiquated and this is an opportunity for us as a district to help our students.” Kaufman said.

The bond would impose a 0.1475 cent tax rate increase for homeowners within the district for a period of 30 years.

“You know that’s a small price to pay for some of the renovations that we’re having.” Kaufman said. 

The district currently has over twenty key projects that they hope to break ground on pending a positive outcome come November 8th.

“What we’ll do is develop a priority list with the contractor and the architect. We’ll develop a time line as to when they can be done and we’ll work to meet that timeline.” Kaufman said. 

Last year the school district had another bond proposal of $15.7 million dollars that was defeated, but this year there are much higher hopes for this election that school officials believe to be a fair assessment of the dire needs for their students.

“We want to provide the best education possible for our students and in order to do that we need to have the resources available for them to use.” Kaufman said.

If the bond is passed Trinity ISD hopes to have most of their projects completed within the next nine to ten months.

For more information on the bond election community members are encouraged to contact the school directly or visit www.trinityisd.net

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