Fort Bend Voters Approve Record-Breaking $1.2 Billion School Bond Package.
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas On May 6th, Fort Bend residents voted in favor of the school district's bond proposal during the election.
The bond package, consisting of three propositions, amounted to over $1.2 billion in total.
The majority of these funds, exceeding one billion dollars, will be allocated to the construction of new schools, including Clements High School, which is currently facing significant foundation problems.
"Parts of the building are sinking in some places, while in others, they are rising," reported Fort Bend ISD deputy superintendent Steve Bassett to KHOU 11.
Faculty members have observed fissures in restrooms, cracks extending up classroom walls, and even a bump emerging from the floor. Maintenance staff have been persistently repairing floors that pose tripping hazards, with issues apparent externally as well.
Roughly $52 million from the newly sanctioned billion-dollar bond package will be dedicated to technology devices, with an additional $22 million earmarked for a brand-new natatorium.
This bond package represents the largest one in FBISD's history.
Last November, voters turned down a tax increase proposal, which, if approved, would have reportedly supplied the district with extra funding to employ more law enforcement officers and augment teacher salaries.