Blackwell CISD Voters Approve Bond - Unofficial Results -
Canvassing November 16th
Blackwell CISD voters passed all four propositions of the proposed 2022 Bond by more than 100 votes per proposition, approving the $14.9 million package to address safety and security, renovations and upgrades, buses, energy efficiency, CTE, athletic upgrades, teacher housing, and classroom technology.
The approved bond package provides funding for projects impacting every BCISD student at every campus and district facility. The election brought more than half of the district's registered voters to the polls.
“We are so thankful and appreciative of our Blackwell CISD community,” Superintendent Bryan Shipman said. “These projects will help us maintain our campus and serve our students in the best way possible.”
The last Bond program was in 2005 for $9.2 million. This was the last significant investment in school facilities, helping build the current school, which was completed 13 years ago.
The state of Texas doesn’t provide funding for facilities. By law, bond funds may not be used
to fund daily operating expenses or salaries. Bond funds may only be used for the
projects approved by district voters.
“It’s left up to the community to find a way to maintain schools,” said Shipman. “We’ve worked hard through the years to manage funds responsibly and will continue to do so.”
Blackwell Consolidated Independent School District has a proven track record regarding sound financial management and decision-making. The district has consistently maintained one of the lowest tax rates among its eight neighboring districts.
BCISD will now get to work on the next steps and will begin coordinating with architects to conduct a competitive bidding process for each project, as well as finalizing a construction schedule and working with district financial advisors to establish a bond program schedule.
“We’re grateful to our community for all the support they provide to our schools, our children, and our staff,” said Shipman. “This is an incredible community that I’m proud to serve.”