Fort Worth school Superintendent Walter Dansby told trustees Monday that there are $585 million worth of “essential” projects to include in a potential Nov. 5 bond program.
Dansby outlined three proposed bond options that could be put in a package:
• A $585 million option includes creating a new high school in Benbrook by converting Benbrook Middle School and Westpark Elementary School into a grade 6 to 12 complex, classroom additions, safety, security and technology improvements and universal pre-kindergarten for all four year olds.
According to a Power Point presentation to the board, this option includes:
Facility conditions assessment, $213 million
Security conditions assessment, $12.1 million
Technology readiness assessment, $102.5 million
Food Services condition assessment, $55.2 million
Americans with Disabilities Act compliance assessment, $1 million
New schools and additions, $52 million
Pre-Kindergarten program, $22.8 million
Programs of Choice (including science, technology, engineering and math academy), $13 million
Career and technology education, $3.3 million
Other direct costs (land and building purchase) $12 million and indirect costs, $98.5 million
• A $667.5 million option adds the cost of building a performing and fine arts campus for grades 6 to 12 ($40 million) and nonconstruction projects such as new buses and maintenance trucks, student uniforms and instruments, ($30 million). Total includes $12.3 million in indirect costs.
• A $777 million package would include installing athletics projects such as adding practice field turf and building new field houses at all high schools ($26.8 million) and a multipurpose student events center ($56.5 million). Total includes $25.6 million in indirect costs.