Sheldon ISD

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. What are school bonds?


A school district borrows money in the form of bonds, much like an individual gets a mortgage on a home. The district uses these funds to finance new schools, building projects, and other capital projects.


2. Why was the bond election called?


Sheldon ISD is considered a fast‐growth district. According to a June 2014 demographic study, district enrollment was projected to be at nearly 8,300 by 2015. We exceeded that projection with enrollment of more than 8,500 by December 2015. This year alone, the district saw a 7% growth rate. At this rate, Sheldon ISD can expect to have a student enrollment of more than 11,000 by 2023.


For more information, please see 2016 Bond Information on the About page.

3. What are the $285 million bond package funds for?

The recommended package totals $285 million and will include funds for:

  • A new high school (in place of the current C. E. King High School)
  • A new elementary school
  • Renovations to our current middle schools
  • Technology upgrades throughout the district
  • Land purchases for new SISD facilities

For more detailed information on project scope, timeline, and costs, please visit the Projects page.

4. Why a new high school?

Sheldon ISD has not had a new high school since 1965. That’s when the then “new” C. E. King High School opened its doors. Relying on the above data and input of its facility and academic personnel, and outside consultants, the Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees came to the conclusion that a new high school is a necessity for the district’s growing population.

For more detailed information on this project, please visit the Projects page.

5. Why a new elementary school?

Sheldon ISD is rezoning at the elementary level for the 2016 – 2017 academic school year. However, based on the data collected on Sheldon ISD’s growth, along with input from academic personnel, and outside consultants, the Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees came to the conclusion that a new elementary school is a necessity for the district’s growing population.

For more detailed information on this project, please visit the Projects page.

6. What other projects are being considered?

Based on the recommendation from the Texas Association of School Boards Facility report, and needs relating to our district’s potential growth, there are several areas which should also be addressed:

  • Parking and parent drop off lanes at Sheldon ECA and Cravens ECA
  • Extending the covered walkways at the student drop offs at Sheldon ECA and Cravens ECA
  • Energy management projects which will improve building efficiencies and reduce utility cost
  • Athletic facility projects to include a new stadium

7. When was the last time Sheldon had a major bond election?

Sheldon ISD’s major bond elections were in 2006, 2000, and 1998. As evidenced by the approval of these three major bond elections, the community has been supportive of the goals and action of Sheldon ISD.

For more information, please see Bond History on the About page.

8. What about taxes?

Good question! Despite the approval of some major bond elections, taxes actually decreased from 2005 – 2007. Since then, they have remained relatively steady. Depending on appraised home value, tax impacts will range from approximately $4.72/ month to $23.58/ month.

For more information on tax impacts to the Sheldon ISD community, please see the About page.

9. What is the bond program’s design and construction timeline?

Project design and construction for the bond program will begin in Fall of 2016 and end in 2019.

For a more detailed overview on the bond program’s schedule, please see the timeline located on the Projects page.

10. What’s next?

We will continually update this bond website on project design and construction status, as well as the latest news concerning the bond.

For the latest news concerning the bond program, please visit the News page. For information on your bond’s Program Manager and how to contact them for additional questions, please visit the Program Management page.

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