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Lamar CISD bond issue focuses on new schools to keep up with enrollment

November 6, 2017 GMT

Lamar Consolidated ISD aims to build new schools to keep up with rapid growth in enrollment, which topped 30,000 in 2016-17.

The district’s $445 million bond proposal is now in the hands of the voters. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

In the past few years, the district’s student population has increased by 4 percent annually. Some projections indicate the district’s enrollment could reach 50,000 by 2026.

Lamar CISD’s $445 million proposal would fund three elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and an alternative learning center. Those projects would account for about 70 percent of the bond spending.

According to Lamar CISD, the breakdown of the bond issue includes:

Schools & Land $316,700,000

Technology $34,326,000

Interior Improvements $29,055,000

Athletics $24,400,000

Fine Arts $18,300,000

Exterior Improvements $11,410,000

Transportation $7,910,000

Food Service $3,350,000