SISD Workshop

Pfluger Architecs partner Robyn Popa talks with Seguin ISD board members about the facilities committee’s recommendations within the level one priority on during a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Seguin ISD board room.

Seguin ISD trustees are considering their options for the district’s facilities — one of which includes a possible $64.7 million bond.

The school board members heard a presentation by the district’s facilities committee that showed where they felt the highest level of need and how they can have an impact on all of the campuses during a specially called workshop on Tuesday.

The recommendation came from the facilities committee — comprised of community members, district staff and later joined by the architectural firms Pfluger Architects and pb Group — who meet monthly for a year and looked at each campus in-depth, listed the issues on each facility and ranked them by campus or building and then ranked the facilities.

“I think if anybody goes around and looks at the facilities they’ll realize that there’s age too many of them there are various needs and there are some inequalities as far as actual facilities go,” Seguin ISD public information officer Sean Hoffmann said. “Look at Barnes and Briese for example the dichotomy between those two campuses yet they’re both tasked to serve students to the same degree.”

The breakdown includes $39 million for a complete renovation of Briesmiester Middle School on the current campus site, $3.9 million for renovations at Jefferson Elementary, $1.8 million in outdoor equipment that is Americans with Disability’s Act compliant and shading for all seven elementary campuses.

It also includes a complete rebuild of Matador Stadium for about $17 million to bring it up to code and ADA compliant, $1 million toward the future purchase of land to possibly replace McQueeney Elementary and $1.7 million for various other campus improvements.

“These are really recommendations that were made by our facilities committee after months and months of work,” Hoffmann said.

In the presentation by Pfluger and Associates partner Robyn Popa, walked trustees and the audience through the process taken by the committee and where each of the facilities ranked in three tiers of priority.

“Over the past 12 months this committee has met and looked and evaluated at many of the options, essentially looking at every district facility, every campus — all seven elementary campuses, the two middle schools, even the high school — as well as the athletic facilities transportation and district office, MBLC, Ball, Burgess some of our facilities that are even empty at this point,” Hoffmann said.

Once the levels were identified, the committee focused on the level one priority and along with SISD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Tony Hillberg were able to determine what they felt the community would be comfortable with if the district were to ask for a bond.

“The facilities committee shared their recommendation with the school board on their findings based upon their meetings, looking at the data, looking at the dollars and really considering what the citizens of Seguin might back and support if the district where to go out on a bond election,” Hoffmann said.

If a bond election was called and a bond for $64.7 million was passed, voters could see a potential tax increase of 5 cents per $100 valuation.

“To put that into better perspective, a $100,000 valued home in Seguin would pay approximately $50 a year in additional taxes to fund that bond,” Hoffmann said. “Those are approximate numbers that are being discussed. They were shared with our trustees on January 15 for the very first time so that they could they could get a feel of what this committee was is considering and recommending.”

To have the bond put on the ballot in the May election cycle, the board of trustees would have to call for a bond election before Feb. 15.

Nothing was decided on during the workshop and the board is looking to revisit the topic in another workshop.

“From this point forward, the next step would be for our trustees to meet again ... and further discuss and let the district staff know what their ideas are about moving forward,” Hoffmann said.

Felicia Frazar is the assistant editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com

(3) comments

830nhouse

The SISD has approximately $24,000,000 of general fund balance. Why in the world is the $1,800,000 for Americans with Disability compliant playground equipment not already purchased? This should not be postponed or be a bond issue! This is an ongoing trend with this district. The new High School was in operation for nearly one school year without sign off from TDLR and it was over ADA violations, some of those violations were found in the Performance Art Center, home of the $100,000 Steinway. Yep we bought a Steinway while ADA issues still existed. Matador Stadium had $445,000 spent on renovations 2 ½ years ago, again no plan was submitted with TDLR and again TDLR found violations with those stadium renovations. Part of those renovations included press box upgrades totaling $84,000 and DirecTV being installed prior to any ADA upgrades getting completed. It doesn’t seem to matter who is leading the district this just keeps reoccurring.

bluesmoke

I agree that this is and will be an ongoing problem. It seems SISD has a Money Tree growing and it is of the species Tapped Out Taxpayers. I am all for educational upgrades but to lump the educational part of the Bond with the Athletic part is wrong. The taxpayers need a say in this issue as well. I agree why have they not upgraded the playgrounds or even purchased the land? Remember when Stetson was here and they took out a 10 Million QZAB loan which they labeled as free money? That was used to prop up the budget as well at the time. Just more smoke and mirrors from the land of free money!

Dldmny

The SISD money tree grows by the overly inflated price of housing, and the corresponding increases in property valuation. Unfortunately, issues related to the Americans with Disability Act are viewed as comparably unimportant. Though the money tree continues to grow, money is being spent to resolve issues of seemingly lesser importance. How is it that sporting venues always seem to be perceived as being of greatest importance? I sometimes wonder if high schools would even exist, if not for their football and other competitive sports programs.

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