Bond Steering Committee Reports Findings, Recommendations to Board
To keep our district one of the best in Texas, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees entrusted a 100-member Bond Steering Committee to plot a course for the next seven years and beyond.
After multiple meetings in 2021, the Bond Steering Committee provided a report to the Board of Trustees outlining their recommendations to address aging facilities, safety and security, technology needs, and secondary level capacity challenges. Also included were options for consideration, including future new facilities.
With the lowest tax rate in 11 years, winning multiple awards for fiscal responsibility, continued academic successes, excellence in athletics, and fine arts, Klein ISD is well positioned for any possible future Bond.
“For our community to maintain a strong economy, Klein ISD must continue to provide a well-educated, well-trained workforce to attract businesses and new jobs,” Bond Steering Committee member and Klein ISD parent Julie Stevens said. “These proposed bond packages will make sure we continue to flourish for future generations.”
The goal of the Bond Steering Committee was direct—make sure every student and every teacher in every school has the tools and facilities they need to maintain our long-standing tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and fine arts.
The Bond Steering Committee, made up of parents, community members, teachers, employees, Klein ISD alumni, retired educators, and business partners, prioritized future district needs and reported those findings to the Board.
On behalf of the Bond Steering Committee, community members Dennis Boyter, Julie Stevens, and Stephen White presented the committee’s findings.
“Our committee has studied what makes up a bond, including the financing, infrastructure requirements, and opportunities to add new capital assets,” Bond Steering Committee member and Klein ISD parent Stephen White said while presenting the committee’s findings to the Board. “We worked very hard to weigh our interests as community members with what would be a good option for learners as well as our teachers.”
Bond Steering Committee members studied the district’s ongoing facilities assessment and formal facility review process during their meetings, including over 100 interviews with principals, department leaders, experienced maintenance and facilities teams, technology consultants, engineers, architects, and contractors. Dr. Eddie Coulson, a long-range planning expert, facilitated the discussion.
Recommendations from the Bond Steering Committee include solutions to address the needs of students, teachers, and staff:
- Remodel and renovate outdated learning spaces for today’s learners district-wide while giving special attention to schools nearing or exceeding 50 years of age.
- Build additional facilities for Klein’s award-winning fine arts and athletics programs.
- Maintain equity in facilities and opportunities with nearby school districts
- Build Intermediate School #11 to address overcrowding challenges.
- Continue to enhance campus safety and security measures for every campus.
- Improve campus IT Infrastructure and cybersecurity.
- Provide funding for technology upgrades for students, teachers, and programs.
- Replace and purchase safe and modern school buses.
- Modernize Klein Memorial Stadium or build a new athletic stadium.
- Create a space to hold community and campus events focused on academics, fine arts, athletics, and college and career pathways for students.
The Board will now review the committee’s recommendations and consider the scope and timing of any potential future bond referendum to put before the voters.
In 2015, 76% of Klein ISD taxpayers approved the 2015 Bond, which is successfully wrapping up on time and under budget with the completion of new campuses, facility renovations, technology additions, and safety and security updates.
For more information about Klein ISD’s Bond programs, please visit kleinisd.net/bond.
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Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.
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