RISD Administration Building

RISD Administration Building

Voters in Richardson ISD will decide May 7 on a single $437 million bond proposal. After months of discussion, RISD trustees called for the election Monday.

The bond package includes $215.7 million in funds for maintenance and replacement of items such as roofs, security cameras and band uniforms. It provides $107.3 million in construction funds to renovate outdated campuses, build classrooms (including 24 at LHHS), and address enrollment growth in LH. It includes $114 million for enrichments, including multipurpose practice facilities, technology and library renovations.

If approved by voters, the average RISD homeowner would pay an additional $139 in taxes annually – a tax rate increase of 8 cents.

A reflector committee made up of parents, school staff and community members will submit recommendations on how to spend the $47.5 million set aside in the bond’s construction funds to address enrollment growth in LH. The district has been negotiating for the purchase of land to build an elementary school, and/or may build classrooms onto existing schools. The committee’s findings will be presented to the school board April 18 before early voting begins.