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$15 million bond package for Wylie ISD set for May election

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ABILENE, Texas - The Wylie ISD school board approved a $15 million bond package Tuesday for voters to consider in May.

The election will take place on May 9.

"This bond election will address our growing student population," Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light said. "It also addresses some program needs that we need in the district."

Some items on the proposed bond issue would be adding 25 to 30 classrooms to the high school, as well as a new up to 1,000-seat performing arts center.

With enrollment up throughout Wylie ISD, the district needs more space. If the bond election is held and the bond passes, construction on these new projects would not begin until sometime this summer.

For a Wylie homeowner with a $100,000 home, voter approval would mean an additional $93 a year in property taxes to help pay for a list of proposed improvements.

"I think there has been enough planning that this will be done right," Wylie parent Jeff Branch said. "This is something that not only Wylie needs, but the city of Abilene can be proud of."

"I wanted to see what was happening in our school district about managing our student population and how our district might be planning for the future," Wylie parent Sue Schackmuth said. "I was excited to hear about the potential bond issue. I think it's very important for our district to have these funds in order to manage our new growing population in the Wylie area."

The district also talked about a longer range plan to include a potentially new elementary school campus as well as a new freshman only campus that could be completed by 2025.

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