Grady ISD School Board Approves Decision to Call For School Bond

Grady ISD School Board Approves Decision to Call For School Bond

Anum Valliani

NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - Just eight days shy of the cutoff day to call for a bond, Grady ISD Board Members decided to push forward with it. The $38 million bond will go towards renovations to older academic areas, adding teacher housing and building a stadium among other infrastructure upgrades. New facilities will be built on top of the current football field, while older buildings will be knocked down.

"The flow through the school is difficult with the different age groups so we think by building in that location, we'll have a good opportunity to improve the flow and to improve education for the kids," Allen Wolf said. Wolf is a firm principal at Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, the Board's contracted counsel on the bond.

They say taxpayers will see an increase in their debt pay, from four to 25 cents, and that tax rate will service the debt over a 20 year time frame.

The firm hired for the project will be coming up with informational items and 3D floor plans for voters. They expect to deliver those materials in March so voters could, "make an informed decision."

The school had a building inspection about two years ago, and that's when administrators first considered building fresh as opposed to renovating. So board members are happy to get the ball rolling on it now. 

"It's an exciting time for us to see what our community wants. It's a lengthy process before we get started but I'm elated that the board came to this resolution," Superintendent, Leandro Gonzales, said. 

The most important thing, according to both Wolf and Gonzales, was that people get out there and vote.

"Regardless of the decision, it's the people's choice and that's how it should be," Gonzales said. 

The election will be May 10 with early voting beginning in late April. If the bond is approved, officials expect to break ground next spring.