WELCOME TO THE LIBERTY HILL ISD BOND construction WEBSITE!

 

On May 7, 2016, voters of Liberty Hill came together to approve a $35 million bond package with nearly 68 percent in favor.  Thanks to the generosity of community members who dedicated their time to prepare and vote in the election, the district can move forward with building a third elementary school along with improving aging facilities while creating a safer learning environment for students.

 

This construction website will be used to inform the Liberty Hill community of design and construction statuses of facilities being built and improved as a result of the successful May 2016 bond election. Project information, design presentations and construction photos will be updated regularly. Visit often for updates!

 

Thank you, Liberty Hill voters, for your support of the bond as the needs of the district are addressed to benefit its students’ education!

 

Project Information

NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • To be built on district-owned property located in the Rancho Sienna subdivision and serving grades PK-5 at a capacity of 800 students.

Liberty Hill ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • Safety and security improvements: new controlled entry vestibule and access control system, new intercom system and additional exterior lighting.
  • Other general upgrades: replace flooring, repaint hallways and classrooms and replace ceiling tiles.

Liberty Hill Intermediate SCHOOL

  • New plumbing equipment and safety eye wash station in the science lab to meet current code compliance, and replacement of remaining ceiling tiles not included in the 2010 bond program.

Career & Technology Education: Agriculture Facilities

  • Construction of a show arena and repurposing of existing facilities to accommodate additional animal pens, wash stations and storage.
  • New program spaces that currently do not exist will be provided such as restrooms, locker rooms, laboratory, concessions and enclosed shearing area.

 

LAND ACQUISITION

  • Use of bond funds as available toward the purchase of land for future district facilities.

TOTAL BOND AMOUNT: $35,000,000

NO TAX INCREASE:

This successful bond will be funded within the district’s existing tax rate

and will create no change to the existing tax rate.

Design Development

On February 15, 2016, The Liberty Hill Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a $35 million bond election to address student and program growth, aging facilities, and safety and security.

 

On May 7, 2016, voters in Liberty Hill approved the bond with nearly 68 percent in favor. This bond will allow for construction of the district’s third elementary school to alleviate overcrowding. The bond also includes improvements to the existing Liberty Hill Elementary School to address aging conditions and increase security measures. In addition, it provides for new and expanded agriculture facilities – an evolving and growing Career and Technology pathway for our students.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of Liberty Hill ISD and its students!

Liberty Hill ISD continues to see significant growth in its enrollment as a result of rapid population increase in the Austin suburb.

 

In 2010, enrollment projections anticipated the district's growth to be 3,281 students by 2016, an increase of almost 700 students.

 

As of January 2016, those projections were exceeded as student enrollment reached 3,480, for a growth rate of more than 8%.

*Enrollment Statistics as of May 2016

frequently ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a bond?

A bond is similar to a home mortgage. It is a contract to repay borrowed money with interest over time. Bonds are sold by a school district to competing lenders to raise funds to pay for the costs of construction, renovations and equipment. Most school districts in Texas utilize bonds to finance renovations and new facilities.

 

How can bond funds be used?

Bond funds can be used to pay for new buildings, additions and renovations to existing facilities, land acquisition, technology infrastructure and equipment for new or existing buildings. Bonds cannot be used for salaries or operating costs such as utility bills, supplies, building maintenance, fuel and insurance.

 

What is a bond election?

School districts are required by state law to ask voters for permission to sell bonds to investors in order to raise the capital dollars required for projects such as renovation to existing buildings or building a new school. Essentially, the voters are giving permission for the District to take out a loan and pay that loan back over an extended period of time, much like a family takes out a mortgage loan for their home. A school board calls a bond election so voters can decide whether or not they want to pay for proposed facility projects.

 

How does school finance work?

Your public school taxes involve two figures: Maintenance and Operations (M&O), used to pay for salaries, utilities, furniture, supplies, food, gas, etc.; and Interest and Sinking (I&S), used to repay debt. Bond elections affect the Interest and Sinking tax rate.

 

Proceeds from a bond issue can be used for the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land and the purchase of capital items such as equipment. Proceeds CANNOT be used as part of the general operating budget, or to increase salaries.

 

Exactly how much is the district asking for?

The Board of Trustees called a bond election in the amount of $35,000,000 million to be brought before voters on May 7, 2016.

 

How was the bond package developed?

The bond package was developed by the Community Committee on School Facilities, which represented a broad cross section of the community, including local citizens, civic and business leaders, parents and school staff.

 

The recommendation is based upon the Committee’s collaboration with the district in developing a facilities plan to address current growth and projected future growth. This process began for LHISD with passage and completion of the 2010 bond proposal.

 

How will the proposed bond election affect my taxes?

If the bond election is approved by voters, there is no tax increase. This bond will be funded within the district’s existing tax rate and will create no change to the existing tax rate.

 

WHO IS ELigible to vote in this election?

Any registered voter that resides within the school district boundaries.

 

CAN I STILL REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE ELECTION?

The deadline for voter registration is April 7, 2016 . If you are not registered to vote by this deadline, then you are not eligible to vote in this election. You can pick up a registration card from the Liberty Hill ISD Administration Building or you can register online here.

 

after i have registered, when will i receive my voter registration certificate?

You should receive a Voter Registration Certificate within 30 days. On Election Day, please bring your certificate to your local polling place if you have it. However, all that is required is a valid driver’s license.

 

 

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