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Longview ISD Board to consider $456.2 million bond election

02.09.2024

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees will consider calling a May 4 bond election for five propositions totaling about $456.2 million to fund district projects including safety and security and upgrades to current facilities during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 12.

In accordance with state law, the bond referendum will be split into separate propositions as follows:

PROPOSITION A: $237.7 million

  • Address Aging Buildings
    • Longview High School
    • District-wide renovations
    • Energy efficiency upgrades
    • Early Graduation High School
    • Career & Technical Building
    • Safety and Security
    • New LISD Bus Barn

PROPOSITION B: $76.5 million 

  • New Early Childhood Center
  • PFK renovated for new offices

PROPOSITION C: $79.1 million

  • Multi-Purpose Facility
  • Soccer/Baseball/Tennis

PROPOSITION D: $21 million

  • LHS/Middle School Stadium Renovations

PROPOSITION E: $41.9 million

  • Natatorium (Aquatics Center)

With the approval of trustees and the passage by voters, all Longview ISD campuses would receive safety and security updates, and those renovations would impact all students and staff.

It has been 16 years since the last major investment in Longview ISD. In May 2008, Longview residents approved a bond to construct new elementary school and middle school campuses. Since then, there have not been major renovations made to the facilities included in the 2024 bond proposal.

Texas school districts do not receive state funding for renovating or building new schools. Instead, they must receive funds through school bond elections. Registered voters residing within the Longview ISD boundaries will be asked to consider five bond propositions that would generate funding for safety and security updates, renovations and updates to existing facilities, a multi-purpose facility, and athletic facility renovations.

Board members will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the LISD Education Support Center,  1301 E. Young St.

Safety is the number one priority for Longview ISD and is the driving force behind this bond proposal, said Dr. Wayne Guidry, Assistant Superintendent of Finance.

“More than anything, we want to ensure our kids and staff are safe each day at school,” he said. “In addition to that, we strive daily to provide the best possible learning environment for every student that walks through our doors.”

“We hope that residents will take the time to learn more about the projects proposed, our tax rates, and the other issues on the ballot, and ask questions before casting their vote in this election,” added Dr. Guidry.

Any LISD resident who is registered to vote may cast a ballot in this election. Voters will be asked to vote “for” or “against” the separate propositions. The deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2024. Residents can register for the first time, update their registration, or simply check to see if they are registered at GreggCountyVotes.com or VoteTexas.gov. You may also visit any LISD campus to pick up a voter registration application.

Early Voting is April 22-30 and Election Day is May 4, 2024.

The LISD total tax rate has decreased by more than 37 cents over the last 6 years, resulting in the current tax rate of $1.1422.

If voters approve all five propositions, the estimated impact would be $0.83 per month, or $10 per year, for a $200,000 home in Longview ISD. 

Proposition Amount (million) Estimated Monthly Impact
A $237.7 $0.43
B $76.5 $0.14
C $66 $0.14
D $21 $0.04
E $41.9 $0.08

If voters approve $237.7 million for Proposition A in May, the estimated impact would be $0.43 per month for a home valued at $200,000 in Longview ISD. If voters approve $76.5 million for Proposition B in May, the estimated impact would be $0.14 per month on the same home. If voters approve $66 million for Proposition C in May, the estimated impact would be $0.14 per month. If voters approve $21 million for Proposition D in May, the estimated impact would be $0.04 per month. If voters approve $41.9 million for Proposition C in May, the estimated impact would be $0.08 per month.

Compared to 15 other surrounding school districts, LISD has one of the lowest debt-to-assessed value ratios at 1.8 percent. Additionally, LISD received a near-perfect score from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), which holds school districts accountable for their financial management.

If trustees vote to call the bond election, Longview ISD will schedule informational meetings and be in the community to share more project information and answer questions. Dates and details for those meetings and general bond information will be shared through the district’s regular communication channels.

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The Longview ISD Board of Trustees will consider calling a May 4 bond election for five propositions totaling about $456.2 million to fund district projects including safety and security and upgrades to current facilities during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 12.

In accordance with state law, the bond referendum will be split into separate propositions as follows:

PROPOSITION A: $237.7 million

  • Address Aging Buildings
    • Longview High School
    • District-wide renovations
    • Energy efficiency upgrades
    • Early Graduation High School
    • Career & Technical Building
    • Safety and Security
    • New LISD Bus Barn

PROPOSITION B: $76.5 million 

  • New Early Childhood Center
  • PFK renovated for new offices

PROPOSITION C: $79.1 million

  • Multi-Purpose Facility
  • Soccer/Baseball/Tennis

PROPOSITION D: $21 million

  • LHS/Middle School Stadium Renovations

PROPOSITION E: $41.9 million

  • Natatorium (Aquatics Center)

With the approval of trustees and the passage by voters, all Longview ISD campuses would receive safety and security updates, and those renovations would impact all students and staff.

It has been 16 years since the last major investment in Longview ISD. In May 2008, Longview residents approved a bond to construct new elementary school and middle school campuses. Since then, there have not been major renovations made to the facilities included in the 2024 bond proposal.

Texas school districts do not receive state funding for renovating or building new schools. Instead, they must receive funds through school bond elections. Registered voters residing within the Longview ISD boundaries will be asked to consider five bond propositions that would generate funding for safety and security updates, renovations and updates to existing facilities, a multi-purpose facility, and athletic facility renovations.

Board members will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the LISD Education Support Center,  1301 E. Young St.

Safety is the number one priority for Longview ISD and is the driving force behind this bond proposal, said Dr. Wayne Guidry, Assistant Superintendent of Finance.

“More than anything, we want to ensure our kids and staff are safe each day at school,” he said. “In addition to that, we strive daily to provide the best possible learning environment for every student that walks through our doors.”

“We hope that residents will take the time to learn more about the projects proposed, our tax rates, and the other issues on the ballot, and ask questions before casting their vote in this election,” added Dr. Guidry.

Any LISD resident who is registered to vote may cast a ballot in this election. Voters will be asked to vote “for” or “against” the separate propositions. The deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2024. Residents can register for the first time, update their registration, or simply check to see if they are registered at GreggCountyVotes.com or VoteTexas.gov. You may also visit any LISD campus to pick up a voter registration application.

Early Voting is April 22-30 and Election Day is May 4, 2024.

The LISD total tax rate has decreased by more than 37 cents over the last 6 years, resulting in the current tax rate of $1.1422.

If voters approve all five propositions, the estimated impact would be $0.83 per month, or $10 per year, for a $200,000 home in Longview ISD. 

Proposition Amount (million) Estimated Monthly Impact
A $237.7 $0.43
B $76.5 $0.14
C $66 $0.14
D $21 $0.04
E $41.9 $0.08

If voters approve $237.7 million for Proposition A in May, the estimated impact would be $0.43 per month for a home valued at $200,000 in Longview ISD. If voters approve $76.5 million for Proposition B in May, the estimated impact would be $0.14 per month on the same home. If voters approve $66 million for Proposition C in May, the estimated impact would be $0.14 per month. If voters approve $21 million for Proposition D in May, the estimated impact would be $0.04 per month. If voters approve $41.9 million for Proposition C in May, the estimated impact would be $0.08 per month.

Compared to 15 other surrounding school districts, LISD has one of the lowest debt-to-assessed value ratios at 1.8 percent. Additionally, LISD received a near-perfect score from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), which holds school districts accountable for their financial management.

If trustees vote to call the bond election, Longview ISD will schedule informational meetings and be in the community to share more project information and answer questions. Dates and details for those meetings and general bond information will be shared through the district’s regular communication channels.

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