The plans for a November bond election are chugging along for HPISD trustees, who are now trying to secure community support before the state-mandated deadline for filing the necessary paperwork.
So the school board, as well as its Facilities Advisory Committee of community volunteers, have planned two public forums this week to solicit feedback on their ideas. They will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Highland Park Middle School auditorium, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Park High School auditorium.
The latest proposal is for a whopping $358.3 million, which is far more ambitious than any such plan in the district’s history. It includes several ideas for accommodating enrollment growth that already has led to overcrowded campuses, with more students projected in the future. There’s talk of a fifth elementary school, as well as the tearing down and rebuilding of three existing elementary campuses, with extensive renovations to other buildings.
We’ve written in great detail about the proposals, and what they might mean to your property tax rate, so you can do your own cost-benefit analysis before attending. You can also comment online here.