The SPAC has had a new name change to: Citizens Supporting Classroom Excellence.
The Fort Worth school district is considering asking taxpayers to go to the polls as early as Nov. 5 to vote on a bond program that could include opening a new Benbrook area high school, offering prekindergarten for all students and a new fine arts academy. Here's a story in the Star-Telegram from Monday's school board meeting.
Consultants this week made public a list of potential projects that could be included in a bond package if trustees decide to go forward. It totals $785 million. But the final amount of the package, and the impact on property tax rates, won't be determined until trustees decide which projects to include. Click here to read FWISD presentation on proposed bond
The school board is scheduled to vote on Aug. 13 on whether to call a Nov. 5 referendum. If they do, community meetings would be held in each of the nine school board member districts to give details about the package, said Superintendent Walter Dansby.
All told, the program calls for building more than 300 classrooms.
A political action committee to support the bond has already been formed. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce is launching Citizens for Classroom Excellence, a specific purpose PAC.
No money has been raised yet. The group’s first action is launching a city-wide poll to gauge the community’s attitude toward a possible bond program, spokeswoman Andra Bennett said.
The potential bond projects include:
- Opening a new Benbrook area high school by converting Benbrook Middle School and using the current Westpark Elementary School campus to create a complex for grades six through 12
- Building three elementary campuses: a replacement Westpark Elementary School in the Benbrook area, a new elementary school in the Tanglewood neighborhood and a replacement campus for the aging Washington Heights Elementary School
- Prekindergarten classroom additions at 14 elementary schools
- A fine arts academy for students in sixth through 12th grades
- A multipurpose event center with a 6,500 seat area
- E-cafes with TVs inside all 13 high schools
- New athletic field houses at all high schools and practice field turf at the 11 high schools that don’t have it.
- Launching a science, technology, engineering and math academy in downtown Fort Worth
- New school buses, maintenance trucks, student uniforms and instruments