The May 2022 bond proposal was developed and recommended by a committee of citizens whose charge was to provide advisory information to the superintendent on three questions after reviewing detailed information regarding district facilities and operations. Those questions were:
- Does Belton ISD need to pursue a bond?
- If so, when?
- If when, what should we include?
The nearly 70-member Bond Exploration Committee was made up of a diverse group of parents, community leaders, and residents — some new to Belton and some who have lived in the district for decades.
See the Bond Exploration Committee Charter
The committee studied current enrollment, school capacities and demographic projections; reviewed facility assessment and educational adequacy reports for each campus; learned about the state’s school funding process and district financial data; toured campuses and district facilities; and reviewed results of a community survey of proposed projects.
The BEC narrowed the list of identified needs based on 3 criteria:
- Highest Need
- Impact on Student Learning
- Experiences Feasibility
Following months of review, discussions and considerations, the committee prioritized a list of projects that were recommended to the superintendent. At the January 24 board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Matt Smith presented a refined bond proposal to Trustees for consideration.
See the Superintendent's Presentation
The Board held a workshop on Feb. 7 to further discuss the proposed projects, receive information on bond capacity and the debt issuance process, review polling data and ask any questions.
At a special called meeting on Feb. 15, the board voted unanimously to call for a bond election to be held on May 7, 2022. The proposal will be presented to voters in two separate propositions on the ballot.