Bridge City voters eye $72 million in school bonds

Bridge City ISD is offering two bonds totaling more than $72 million, which voters will decide for or against on May 7.

Adoption of either or both obligations would result in an annual tax rate increase of approximately $0.21 in total.

The two bonds would fund construction projects for the neighborhood.

Passage of Proposal A — the larger of the two bonds at $57.7 million — would allow the district to build a new college, replacing the current one that was built in 1962.

The last renovation of the main campus building took place in 2004.

According to a fact sheet posted online by the district, BCISD is expected to grow by more than 400 students over the next 10 years.


Enrollment in the district increased by more than 70 students in fall 2021, for a total district population of more than 3,100 students.

Population growth in addition to aging facilities necessitated the need for an updated college campus.

New construction, as opposed to renovating and adding to the college’s current campus, would be more cost effective, since renovations and additions would cost about 80% of a new facility, according to the fact sheet.

The proposed new college campus would have a capacity of 900 students and would be located directly across from the current college campus.

It would also be equipped with improved safety and security features as well as improved technology access and infrastructure.

The campus should have sufficient capacity for all school programs and courses, including a media center, fine arts facilities, science labs, and sports gymnasiums.

According to a 2015 interior survey of the college, the main building contained breaks in the concrete foundation of every room and hallway in the building, in addition to damaged ceiling tiles and other damaged, unsecured or unsuitable fixtures.

An exterior survey from the same year showed breaks in brick walls, some with loose or missing mortar as well as shattered panes and chipped or missing tiles.

If only Proposal A were to pass, the annual tax rate increase would be approximately $0.16.

Passage of Proposal B, $14.7 million, would see the district build a new career and technology facility, located behind Bridge City High School.

Currently, some CTE programs have to be held in ordinary classrooms with inadequate resources. The new facility would increase student capacity and allow the school’s CTE programs to expand.

The new facility would allow classes to be delivered in the lab and would provide storage, locker rooms and common areas for a multitude of programs including: Metal Shop, Carpentry Shop, Engineering, Family Consumer Science, Nursing certified auxiliary, flower factory and audio-visual.

If only Proposal B were to pass, the annual tax rate increase would be approximately $0.05.

The district provides a tax calculator for residents to view their personal tax impact at bridgecityisdbond.com.

For more information or to ask a specific question, visit bridgecityisdbond.com.

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