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Waxahachie ISD: Planning for Future Growth by Maximizing Available Space
Waxahachie ISD is a fast-growth district that is projected to nearly double in size over the next ten years. In order to enhance educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees has called for a $127 million bond. Bond projects were decided upon after a series of meetings with the opportunity for the community to provide input on this important issue. With this bond, the district can provide additional classroom space at every grade level, much of it using facilities that the district already owns.
Graph reflecting projected growth rate over until 2031.
2021 Bond Overview
- 2 new elementary schools
- Renovations to the Coleman building for new high school
- Renovations to Hancock building for Coleman Junior High
- Expansion at WHS to provide facilities that will be lost to high school #2
- Renovations at the 4 oldest schools (Northside, Shackelford, Dunaway, and Wilemon)
- Purchase of land for future school sites
- Purchase of land for expansion of district transportation facility
- Large maintenance projects throughout the district
Election Day: May 1, 2021
The State of Texas requires all school districts to place language on ballots for school bond elections that says, “This is a property tax increase.”
While the ballot is required to say this, if the 2021 bond is approved by voters, it will produce no tax rate increase for Waxahachie ISD taxpayers.
- 2 new elementary school campuses to open in the 2022-23 school year, one located on land currently owned by the district near WHS and one on donated land in the Saddlebrook neighborhood.
- Renovations to the current Coleman building to become a new high school. This high school would enable the district to offer academic and extracurricular opportunities for even more students in our community. Projects include building a new gymnasium, updated CTE facilities, renovations to the Fine Arts Center, renovations to classrooms, offices, and more.
- Renovations to the current Hancock building to house Coleman Junior High. This building was designed to be expanded to hold 1,000 students. Renovation projects would include new academic, fine arts, and athletic spaces.
- The new high school will take over certain facilities that are currently being used by WHS. Funds from this bond will be used to expand facilities at WHS to replace the facilities currently being used at Coleman.
- Renovations for the district’s four oldest elementary campuses (Northside, Shackelford, Dunaway and Wilemon). Parent groups have been consulted about their desires for improvement at these campuses.
- Land purchases for future school sites throughout the community.
- Expansion of current transportation facility.
- Large maintenance items for campuses across the district, including replacement of aging roofs and HVAC systems, interior and exterior upgrades, and lighting upgrades.