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2018 Grape Creek ISD Bond Election Passes

Approximately 61% (unofficial count) of all voters in the Grape Creek Independent School District cast a "YES" ballot to give the District the nod to pursue construction of a new middle school and to renovate the current elementary and middle schools to house primary and intermediate students.
 
The $10.75 million bond will not raise tax rates in the District due to a unique set of circumstances, since the existing debt on the high school will be paid off before the newly-voted bonds will be issued.
 
On behalf of all GCISD students and staff, we want to say "thank you" to all who exercised their right to vote in the election.
 
This site has been set up to keep the community abreast of the election and will now track progress toward these construction goals.  Check back often for updates!
BOND ELECTION SCHEDULED
 
At a regularly scheduled board meeting held on February 12, 2018, the Grape Creek ISD Board of Directors voted unanimously to call for a Bond Election for the purpose of building a new middle school and renovating the existing elementary school.  The Bond Election will be held on the uniform election date of May 5, 2018.  This page will include details and will be updated frequently, so check back often.  If you have any questions concerning the bond election, please contact us at 658-7823, ext. 1000.
 
BOND ELECTION FACTS
 
  • Bond Election is in the amount of $10.75 million
  • Primary use of bond is for the construction of a new middle school and improvements to the elementary campus which includes the elimination of portable buildings at the elementary campus, currently housing the Intermediate Elementary students (grades 3-5).
  • Enrollment at Grape Creek ISD continues to increase.  There is limited instructional space at both the Elementary Campus, serving grades Early Childhood through 5th grades, and Middle School, serving 6th-8th grades.
  • We have turned away more out-of-district student transfer requests this year than in years past simply because we have run out of room to educate them.
  • The last improvements to Grape Creek Elementary were made 35 years ago in 1983.
  • The funds from this bond would provide improvements, district-wide, that follow the planned phases for facility improvement to meet the needs of each student in the district.
  • The school tax rate WILL NOT BE INCREASED if the bond passes, due to a payoff of a current bond issue for the high school campus.
  • The Bond Election is set for May 5, 2018 at voting locations throughout Tom Green County and including the Grape Creek ISD Community Room, adjacent to the Grape Creek ISD Administration offices at 8207 US Hwy. 87 North.
  • Early voting begins April 23 and ends May 1, 2018.
 
 
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BOND ELECTION BACKGROUND
 

The Challenge

The District is in need of more space to meet the needs of its students, particularly at the elementary and middle school campuses, and to alleviate crowding, update deteriorating facilities and accommodate long-term enrollment growth.

 

The Proposed Solution

A comprehensive, long-term bond proposal in the amount of $10.75 million is comprised of two key components:

 

     1.  Construction of a new middle school campus.

     2.  Improvements to the existing Primary and Intermediate elementary and middle school campuses in order 

          to eliminate portable buildings serving as classroom space and to enable Intermediate students access to the 

          current middle school space.

 

How was this Proposal Developed?

Over the past ten years, the School District has been exploring options to ensure the District's facilities and infrastructure will meet the needs of its students and a growing student population.  During the process, two committees, comprised of staff, community members, school board members and administrators, accessed the needs of the district and made decisions on the next steps the district should take concerning facilities.  In 2016, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) conducted a facility study in Grape Creek that focused on the needs of the district.

 

When and Where do I vote?

Early Voting:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27 at any of the following locations:

Grape Creek ISD Community Room, 8207 US Hwy. 87 North

Elections Office, Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard

San Angelo ISD PAYS Campus, 1820 Knickerbocker Rd.

San Angelo ISD Lee Middle School Campus, 2500 Sherwood Way

San Angelo ISD Lincoln Middle School Campus, 2500 Sherwood Way

 

                                                                 AND

 

7:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1 at any of the following locations:

Grape Creek ISD Community Room, 8207 US Hwy. 87 North

Elections Office, Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard

 

                                                                 AND

 

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1 at any of the following locations:

San Angelo ISD PAYS Campus, 1820 Knickerbocker Rd.

San Angelo ISD Lee Middle School Campus, 2500 Sherwood Way

San Angelo ISD Lincoln Middle School Campus, 2500 Sherwood Way

 

Election Day: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday, May 5, 2018 at any of the following locations:

Grape Creek ISD Community Room, 8207 US Hwy. 87 North

Angelo Bible Church, 3506 Sherwood Way

Belmore Baptist Church, 1214 South Bell

Calvary Baptist Church, 2410 Armstrong St.

Christoval Community Center, 20022 Main St., Christoval, TX

Celebration Church, 2639 Sunset Dr.

Concho Valley Transit District (Bus Depot), 510 N. Chadbourne

First Assembly of God Church, 1442 Edmund Blvd.

Keating Paint and Body Shop, 5050 N. Chadbourne

MHMR, 1501 W. Beauregard

Paulann Baptist Church, 2531 Smith Blvd.

Segunda Iglesia Bautista, 510 S. Ave. T

Southgate Church of Christ, 528 Country Club Rd.

Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 8602 Loop 570, Wall, TX

TxDOT, 4502 Knickerbocker Rd, Bldg. E

Veribest Baptist Church, 50 FM 2334, Veribest, TX

Wesley Trinity United Methodist Church, 301 W. 18th

West Texas Rehab, 1925 University

 

Ballot Language:

 

 
GRAPE CREEK INDEPENDENT
SCHOOL DISTRICT
PROPOSITION A
 
DEL DISTRITO ESCOLAR
INDEPENDIENTE DE GRAPE
CREEK, PROPOSICION A
          FOR 
         (a favor)
 
        AGAINST
        (en contra) 
  "THE ISSUANCE OF $10,750,000 OF BONDS BY THE   GRAPE CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT   FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES AND THE LEVYING OF A     TAX  IN PAYMENT THEROF."   "LA EMISION DE $10,750,000 EN BONOS POR PARTE DEL DISTRITO      ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE GRAPE CREEK PARA           INSTALACIONES   ESCOLARES Y LA IMPOSICION DE UN IMPUESTO      PARA EL PAGO DE LOS MISMOS." 

 

Where do I go with Questions?

Over the next few months leading up to the May 5 election date, Grape Creek ISD will be hosting a series of public meetings to address questions about the Bond Election.  Please watch this space for additional information on when those meetings will take place.  You are always welcome to contact the Grape Creek ISD Administrative offices at 325-658-7823, ext. 1000 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Mondays-Thursdays and from 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on Fridays during days school is in session.  You may also email: teri.deweber@grapecreekisd.net.

 

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UNRELATED (ONGOING) CONSTRUCTION
Grape Creek ISD is able to pay for a new girls' field house and boys' field house behind the high school this year with funds already available.  The demolition of the boys' field house and construction of these new facilities are being conducted in an effort to provide a safe environment for our students and to stay within compliance regulations.  The link below is NOT related to the bond election in any way, but is provided for your information and convenience only.