by Elizabeth Ruiz
This spring, voters in the Northside Independent School District will vote on the largest bond package in the history of the school district.
The board of trustees voted Wednesday to put a bond issue worth $848.9 million on the May 5 ballot.
Most of the money would be used for renovations and improvements at existing schools, and about $280 million would be spent on four new schools.
In addition to upgrades and new schools, the bond issue includes money for building bullet-resistant security lobbies at 44 elementary schools, replacing air conditioning and heating infrastructure and technology upgrades.
Northside’s previous bond issue was in 2014.
Here’s a breakdown on the major elements of the proposal from NISD’s website .
New Schools $ 280,300,000
Renovations/Reconstruction/Upgrades $ 329,460,000
Infrastructure $ 85,200,000
Roofing/Waterproofing $ 20,450,000
Safety & Security $ 34,700,000
Technology $ 73,800,000
Transportation $ 15,000,000
Bond Issuance & Management $ 10,000,000
TOTAL $ 848,910,000