A GISD bond election is going to be held February 6 2018 in five different voting districts from Dessert View Elementary to Mesquite Elementary. The bond is going to fund buildings, grounds, and equipment at several Chaparral schools including Chaparral High School, Sunrise Elementary School, Desert Trail Elementary School, and Chaparral Middle School.
A bond election is basically a community’s response to a government proposal to use money on public projects. Approved bond elections provide money to fund school renovations, additions and improvements. Operating expenses such as salaries cannot be funded by bond sales.
Registered voters that are active members of the school district may vote in the bond election. Voters decide whether to accept or deny the government proposal to fund the bond sales. Road paving, and new heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) pipes are what the bonds will pay for for Chaparral High School, if voters approve the bond.
Bus drivers transit an unpaved road behind Q and R buildings in the northern section of Chaparral High School every school day; they sometimes experience the unfortunate event of students tramping through and smearing it on floors. Paving the road will solve that issue and make the road smoother and easier for bus drivers to pass through, resulting in a better passenger experience for Lobos.
Heating, venting, and air-conditioning pipes will be replaced resulting in better air quality, decreased utility costs and consistent heating and cooling inside Chaparral High School.
Travis L. Dempsey, Gadsden Independent School Districts superintendent, states that the bond sales will not raise property taxes.The money that will fund schools was approved in a Two Mil Capital Improvements Tax Levy in February 2014 and GISD is seeking re-approval in the upcoming bond election. With the re-approval of the levy, schools will have a source of funding for six years of maintenance projects.
Although the bond election is a simple act, what the bond does is a complex process which should be understood by voters so they make the best decision for Chaparral and its children.