Chapel Hill ISD hosting 2 town hall meetings

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:25 - Written by Faith Harper

Chapel Hill ISD will hold two town hall public information meetings to answer questions about its upcoming bond election.

The first will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Jackson Elementary Cafeteria, 16406 Farm-to-Market Road 2767.

The second will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 in the school’s administration Building board room, 11134 County Road 2249.

Each will begin with the board president making a presentation on the proposed projects and the differences between the most recent called bond and one that was voted down in November, Superintendent Dr. Donni Cook said.

Following the proposal, the floor will be opened up for taxpayers to ask questions on the projects, tax implications, district’s current debt, and more.

“Our board feels like it’s very important not only to communicate and educate them about the (bond), but offer the opportunity for the community to ask questions about it, and to make sure they have their questions answered about the program,” Dr. Cook said.

Voters will decide yes or no on a $21 million bond package in May.

The package includes adding between 12 and 15 additional classrooms at Chapel Hill Middle School, as well as adding security, renovating the band hall and adding a stage to the cafeteria.

Renovations at the Chapel Hill High School would allow for the expansion of its career and technology courses, enclosing the “old Pre-K building” at Jackson Elementary, and upgrading the district’s football and baseball stadiums.

If passed, the bond would increase the district’s debt service by 9.5 cents to a total debt of 26.8 cents per $100 property valuation. The average taxpayer would pay $114.11 more per year in taxes for the 21-year term of the bond.