Hallsville ISD School Board Calls $55 Million Bond Election
August 19, 2019
Hallsville ISD School Board Calls $55 Million Bond Election In a unanimous vote, the Hallsville ISD Board of Trustees called for a $55 million bond election at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 19. Residents who live in Hallsville ISD will have the opportunity to vote on the bond proposition during Early Voting, October 21 – November 1, and on Election Day, November 5.
The bond proposal was developed as part of the district’s long-range planning process. HISD reviewed district-wide historic and future enrollment projections, assessed campus and departmental needs, studied House Bill 3 implications, district finances and funding options for a potential bond. The district also gathered feedback from representatives who served on the Bond Steering Committee during three bond planning meetings. These meetings were followed by community-wide presentations. In addition to the meetings, Hallsville ISD also conducted Community Feedback Surveys to gather as much input as possible from community members, parents, staff, and Bond Steering Committee members. Based on the feedback provided, Hallsville ISD developed a bond proposal that includes building a new west elementary school, a new performing arts center, junior high safety upgrades and renovations, and district-wide improvements.
Over the past 10 years, Hallsville ISD has seen a significant increase in student enrollment in the district. Each year, the district has grown by an average of 100 students, with more expected as the surrounding area continues to grow. The new west elementary school would be built to accommodate 750 students in Pre-K through 4th grades. The new performing arts center would be located at Hallsville High School. The 1,000-seat auditorium would be used for performance and practice space for all Fine Arts programs, and the multifunctional design would accommodate academic and extracurricular competitions, professional development, and community events.
Hallsville Junior High would receive interior renovations along with upgraded security. In order to address student and staff safety, a new controlled entrance vestibule would be installed to provide visual access to front office staff before visitors enter the campus. The campus security upgrades would also include a secure access entry for parents and campus visitors along with additional security cameras.
District-wide improvements include roof repairs and HVAC replacements, buses and transportation, facility upgrades to Hallsville East Elementary and Hallsville Intermediate, parking lot upgrades and repairs, CTE/Ag department upgrades, athletic field house upgrades, and replacing band equipment for students in 6th through 12th grades.
The 2019 bond program is not projected to raise the school district tax rate. The district’s M&O tax rate will decrease by $0.07 from $1.04 to $0.97 as a result of House Bill 3 (HB3), which was passed by the state legislature earlier this summer, and may be further compressed in 2020-2021. If the bond election is approved by voters, it is projected that the I&S tax rate will remain at $0.33, for a total tax rate of $1.30 per $100 of property value. As property values rise, so could the amount of taxes paid by the homeowner/tax payer. Hallsville ISD does not control the increase or decrease of property values. The Harrison County Appraisal District is responsible for tax value assessment. Any registered voter who lives within the school district boundaries is eligible to vote in the election. The deadline for new residents to update their address, or for residents to become a registered voter for the first time, is October 7.
The district has provided additional details about the upcoming bond election at www.HallsvilleISDbond.com. District administrators also plan to host a series of meetings to educate staff, parents, and other citizens about what’s proposed. Residents are encouraged to follow the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and visit the bond website for the most up-to-date information.