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On May 6, voters will consider issuing bonds to fund four projects, which include a new elementary school and a new high school.
 
Belton ISD officials report that the district grew by 3,151 students over the past decade and that it is projected to add another 3,617 students in the next ten years. That will bring Belton ISD’s total enrollment to more than 14,400 students in the fall of 2025 including more than 4,400 high school students. As a result, elementary and middle schools are expected to be at or near their capacity in 2019 and high schools in 2021.
 
The proposed bond package would fund a new elementary school to open in 2019 and a high school to open in 2020. When the high school opens, Bhs9 would be repurposed to serve as the district’s fourth middle school. The package also includes funding to add music rooms and a standard gymnasium at Lakewood Elementary School and to update systems and equipment at the Wall Street Auditorium in downtown Belton. The estimated total cost for the four projects is $149.7 million.
 
The new elementary school would be located near the intersection of Poison Oak Road and Carriage House Drive in the city of Temple. It will have space for about 800 students. The cost of the proposed elementary school is estimated at $21.3 million, a figure which includes the cost of construction as well as furniture, fixtures, technology and other equipment.
 
The new high school would be built on land adjacent to High Point Elementary School and near the intersection of FM 317 and FM 2483 in Temple. The campus is being designed with space for up to 2,500 students. The estimated cost to both build and outfit the high school is $125.6 million.
 
Based on historical trends, the district’s financial advisor projects that issuing $149.7 million in bonds would increase property taxes 18.69 cents per $100 of valuation. For the average homeowner in Belton ISD, that amounts to $253.91 per year.
 
Early voting for the election, which also includes two at-large seats on the school board, is set to begin on April 24. There will be three early voting locations: the administration building, North Belton Middle School and Belton High School. Voters in Belton ISD can cast their ballot at any of the sites from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 24-28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29-30, and from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1-2.
 
There will be two polling places on Election Day, which is May 6. Voters in trustee areas 1 and 4 will be able to cast their ballots at North Belton Middle School in Temple, and voters in areas 2, 3 and 5 will vote at the T.B. Harris Community Center in Belton. Both polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
 
 
  BOND PLANNING
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After the school board adopted the "Roadmap to BISD 2025" calling for a new elementary school and a new high school, administrators, architects and financial advisors worked to fill in the details and to develop a proposed bond package. That work was discussed in a series of board workshops held in late 2016 and early 2016.

  COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
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Building on the work of the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee, the school board held workshops in early 2016 to review updated demographic projections, high school considerations and recommendations for the facilities plan.
 
In March 2016, to address the facilities needs that come with fast growth, the school board adopted the “Roadmap to BISD 2025.” This plan is the result of three years of study and extensive input from parents, educators and other community members. It calls for building a new elementary school to open in 2019 and a new comprehensive high school that will open in 2021. It would also repurpose Bhs9, which is currently part of the Belton High School campus, to serve as a middle school again. 
To download a presentation, please click on its title above. Some files are large and may take a few minutes to download.
 
 

  LONG-RANGE FACILITIES PLANNING COMMITTEE
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A Fast-Growth School District
 
Enrollment in Texas public schools grows by an average of about 80,000 students each year, and roughly 65,000 of those students are in just 96 districts. Belton ISD is one of those fast-growth school districts.
 
In round numbers, from 2001 to 2010, the State of Texas grew by about 20%; Bell County grew by 30%; and Belton ISD grew by 40%.
 
And this fast growth is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. Today roughly 6,000 new homes are planned in Belton ISD. About 350 new homes will be built in Belton ISD in 2015.
 
As of Oct. 2015, Belton ISD had 10,864 students. The latest demographic report by Templeton Demographics projects that Belton ISD's enrollment will reach 14,000 students around 2025.
 
However, even before then, student enrollment will exceed the capacity of Belton ISD's current campuses.
 
Belton ISD's early childhood school and nine elementary schools can accommodate 5,800 students. More space for elementary students will be needed by about 2019.
 
Belton ISD's  three middle schools can accommodate 2,916 students, More space for middle school students will be needed by about 2020.
 
Belton High School and Belton new Tech High School @Waskow can accommodate 3,971 students. More space for high school students will be by about 2021.
 
 
 Enrollment & Capacity by Grade Span
 
 
Planning for the Future
 
The Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee played a crucial role in developing the facilities plan that will guide Belton ISD to 2025.
 
As parents, teachers, business leaders and representatives of the community, committee members helped to articulate the community's shared values and prioritize the district's facilities needs. Through their work, Belton ISD continues to realize its vision of preparing every student to excel in tomorrow's world.
 
Minutes, presentations, handouts and other materials from the committee's meetings can be found in the box to the right.
 
  
Consensus
 
After months of study and discussion, the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee reached the following consensus:
  • Belton ISD is growing.
  • As a result, the district will need a 10th elementary school and a fourth middle school.
  • There will eventually be a second comprehensive high school.
  • The community values the breadth of career and technical education programs available for students.
  • Paying for new facilities will require increasing taxes.
 
 

 
Materials from February 10, 2015
 
Materials from March 10, 2015
  
 

 

  

  COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS
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During the fall of 2014, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees held a series of listening sessions to hear from the community. 
 
These listening sessions were an opportunity for community members to share what matters to them as they consider Belton ISD's future. The sessions were also part of the school board's commitment to an open and inclusive planning process.
 
Minutes from the listening sessions can be downloaded at the links below.
 
 
 
 

Community Listening Session Invitation

 

  

  SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOPS
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Since September 2013, the school board has been studying different issues related to facilities needs for the next decade. As part of that process, they have held workshops on the following topics:
 
 
 
 
July 2014:  Templeton Demographics Build-out Analysis
 
 
 
To download the presentations from the workshops, please click on the name of the workshop above. Some files are large and may take a few minutes to download.
 
 
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