Spring 2016 Update
Safety, security and much needed space are the headlines as two-thirds of projects funded by a $99.4 million school bond issue in 2013 are now in use across the district.
One of the most comprehensive of all the School Bond 2013 projects is in the installation phase at every campus in the district. A new digital security system replaces the district’s aging analog cameras and more than doubles the amount of cameras in operation district-wide. The new and vastly improved digital system provides improved coverage and clarity, making for a heightened level of safety for everyone on our campuses. “Our children’s safety is our first concern,” says Amarillo ISD Chief Technology Officer Jeff Roller. “This new video system allows us to have better insight to what’s happening on campus, both internally and externally, and provide for a safer environment for those students to learn.” Each of the 2,100 cameras also has infrared and motion detection capabilities, an analytics system and the ability to self-adjust and compensate for wind or sun.
Because they were being built as the camera project got underway, the new Bowie 6th and Travis 6th grade campuses are the district’s first to be fully wired with the new security system. Both campuses opened their doors to students in August. Built near the middle schools their students will attend, the campuses are designed to be a developmental buffer as learners transition from elementary to middle school.
Along with the new campuses, dozens of new classrooms are also in use this school year. Fifty-seven classrooms at seven schools and a new cafeteria at Eastridge Elementary provide the necessary space to accommodate AISD’s growing student population. A primary focus of the School Bond 2013 projects addresses the significant student population increase, which at the time of the bond election had grown by more than 3,000 students in just six years. Though budgeted for in the bond, a new elementary school near Caprock High School will not be built until the student population growth justifies it by reaching at least 250 to 300 students.
Additionally, synthetic turf athletic fields replaced natural grass at the district’s nine middle schools, making for a safer, longer lasting and lower maintenance playing surface for students.
A few bond projects, like the sixth-grade campuses, came in over-budget, others such as HVAC replacement and video surveillance are under budget. In all, projections are the $99.45 million bond issue will be sufficient to cover all of the identified needs.
7200 Interstate 40 West
Amarillo, Texas 79106
AMARILLO ISD ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.
THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED .1 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $0.98.
(The $1.189 tax rate adopted by the Board is the same as last year’s tax rate.)
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