$1.89 Billion HISD Bond Approved

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Voters have approved a nearly $2 billion Houston ISD bond package intended to fix, rebuild or move outdated, dilapidated facilities.

The bond $1.89 billion will provide upgrades to 38 schools in the district. It includes 20 new campuses for aging high schools like Madison, Bellaire, Lamar and Yates. It also seeks to build three new elementary school campuses. The bond also calls for $100 million in technical improvements across the district.

"Houston voters sent a message today that all children, regardless of where they live, deserve to attend quality school in quality buildings that offer our great teachers the tools they need to prepare students for a successful future," HISD board president Michael Lunceford said in a prepared statement. "The new schools that will be built because of this vote will benefit today's students, their future children, and even their grandchildren."

Voters should see a $.0485 tax hike by 2017. That equates to about $70 a year for the average taxpayer.

The district says design work on the new schools would begin in early 2013 and construction would start in 2014.

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