Bond package passes for Dallas ISD
In recent Dallas schools’ news, voters have elected to pass a large bond package that will allow the Dallas Independent School District to invest large amounts of money into the areas that need it most. While not everything passed in this November 3rd election package, many of the most important parts still did.
According to Dallas-Fort Worth’s local CBS news source1, the package was broken down into multiple different propositions. Its parts were broken down into different primary categories, ranging from letters A to E. The propositions will affect all Dallas ISD schools, including the cities of Carrolton, Garland, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, and Mesquite that we service.
The biggest propositions
Proposition A was the largest chunk of money to be voted on. A around 3.2 billion, it focused on the Dallas ISD’s physical infrastructure. This part of the package included funds that will be used to upgrade and clean up current buildings in the district and another portion that will go to new replacement schools. After years of watching these schools be ran-down and overcrowded, we’re excited to announce that Proposition A did pass. We hope that this part provides greater spaces for Dallas ISD’s students to succeed in.
Proposition B was focused on getting the school district better technology. In COVID times, when Zoom meetings and online classes and homework are becoming more and more prevalent, this has become increasingly important. If students don’t have access to technology that properly allows them to learn in these times, there’s a significantly smaller chance that they will be able to keep up. Dallas has been ranked as the sixth in the country for most families without internet access. This new proposition will allow the district to help those families out that might not be able to afford internet access for their children. Already, the school has helped to provide mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for about 33,000 families in need. Though incredibly important, this proposition only used a much smaller portion of the bond package, estimated at about $270 million2. Fortunately, it passed as well in the November 3rd election.
Other parts to the plan
Proposition C would go towards stadium renovations and sports equipment for Dallas ISD. So far, the school district’s stadiums and athletic areas have struggled to keep up with the growing number of students without any proper funding to expand their programs or areas. Due to the pandemic, sports have taken a little bit of a backseat when it comes to educational programs. This proposition ended up not passing.
The other two propositions were both geared towards developing new facilities for Dallas area schools. Proposition D would build a brand new performing arts center to promote theater, music programs, and visual arts. Proposition E would allocate funds for renovating the school district’s competitive swimming pools and upgrading their equipment. Both would have been interesting to see in fruition, but neither of these propositions ended up passing the vote.
Though none of the extracurricular programs received the funding they were looking for in this bond package, we are overjoyed that propositions A and B passed. We look forward to seeing better buildings for Dallas ISD students, better technology, and Wi-Fi access for those who need it most.
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