Voters in Spring are ready to hit the polls in November to decide on a school bond valued at more than $300 million. FOX 26 News brings you this story with our partners from Community Impact Newspaper Spring/Klein edition.
The Spring Independent School District board has fine tuned its school bond. Debbie Townsend, or 'Granny' as she's known at school, likes what she hears.
"There's just so much we need," said Townsend. She has been volunteering in the choir room at Spring High School since 1991.
"I've been here through the good, through the rough and I'm going to be here for the better," added 'Granny.'
Voters in Spring will decide on the $330 million school bond to fix overcrowding issues and a lot of wear and tear to campuses.
"About 80 percent of our secondary campuses are at or over capacity, so this bond issue is meant to address that," said Mark Miranda, Chief of Operations Officer for Spring ISD.
It includes 9th grade school buildings at the district's three high schools, two middle schools, dozens of buses for expanded routes, technology and security upgrades and a new stadium. The current stadium is around 50 years old.
"We only get funding for maintenance and operations, so large capital projects need an influx of cash to address capacity issues we're talking about," said Miranda.
The bond carries a seven cent property tax hike. The owner of a $140,000 home would pay about $80 more a year over a three-year period.
"Well, we need to be careful," said one voter. "A little bit here, a little bit there adds up. As long as they don't raise them (taxes) too high."