Lake Dallas High School

Lake Dallas High School

More than two-thirds of ballots cast for the May 4 election were in favor of a $105 million bond package in Lake Dallas.

Money is slotted for security improvements, renovations, additions and various other causes throughout most Lake Dallas ISD campuses.

The proposal gained more votes in general, and more votes in favor, than either candidate running in the district’s only contested school board place.

In fact, six of seven precincts were in favor of the proposition — and the seventh had no votes cast.

Lake Dallas ISD voters’ decision comes as Texans are increasingly worried about property tax relief and spending on public education, as evidenced by several bills filed in both chambers of the state Legislature.

Voters approved more than $6.2 billion in bond money across the state on May 4, according to a presentation given to the Lake Dallas school board Monday afternoon.

One reason for the overwhelming popularity locally: District officials said it wouldn’t require an increase in property taxes.

During the special session of the school board Monday, board members had their first chance to grapple with the certainty of the bond.

District administrators, along with representatives of VLK Architects, walked board members through the next steps toward starting construction.

Additions, renovations and security improvements are planned for Corinth Elementary, Lake Dallas Elementary, Lake Dallas Middle School, Lake Dallas High School and the district’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.

Before Lake Dallas ISD can start dipping into the $105 million in hypothetical property tax growth, a couple of things need to happen first.

As per state law, board members need to decide upon a procurement method to open the bidding process. The method most discussed Monday was the designation of a construction manager-at-risk, who would hopefully be selected sooner rather than later to help with price estimates during the design process.

The process becomes only more bureaucratic from there until construction actually begins.

Following the design phase, each campus is projected to have a two-month design phase leading up to construction.

Architects and district officials say they hope to see all construction finished by the start of the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, visit lakedallasisdbonds.com, or attend the upcoming school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 20 at 104 Swisher Road in Lake Dallas.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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