Majority of early Bridge City voters approve $72 million bond

On Saturday, voters approved two Bridge City ISD bond proposals totaling more than $72 million.

With the adoption of the bonds, the annual tax rate is expected to increase by $0.21.

The bonds will go towards building projects in the district, including a brand new college campus.

In Proposition A, 65.17% of the 2,182 ballots were cast in favor of the bond. 34.83% of voters voted against.

In Proposition B, 66.16% of the 2,190 ballots were cast in favor of the bond. 33.84% of voters voted against.

Proposal A — the larger of the two bonds at $57.7 million — will 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.

BCISD plans to grow by more than 400 students over the next decade, according to a fact sheet posted by the district online.

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

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Population growth in addition to aging facilities necessitated updating the college campus, school officials previously said.

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

A 2015 interior survey of the college found that the main building contained breaks in the concrete foundations 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.

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

It should also be equipped with improved safety and security features as well as improved technological 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.

Passing Proposition B raised $14.7 million and will allow the district to 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 is expected to increase student capacity and allow the school’s CTE programs to grow.

The new facility will allow classes to be delivered in the lab and will 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.

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This report will be updated.

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Garland K. Long