In 2019, SAISD gained the most in student achievement among the largest school districts in Texas. That momentum extends to school progress and overall performance gains. Now, we must build on that progress to ensure continued student excellence by voting YES to the SAISD Bond 2020.
No Tax Rate Increase
Building On Momentum
SAISD is building on that momentum and growth with a much-needed bond to significantly upgrade and renovate schools throughout the District and provide safety and technology upgrades at all schools.
Specific to its 2019 accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency, SAISD showed a continued upward trajectory with strong gains in academic achievement. Highlights include:
- SAISD received an overall B rating
- SAISD tripled the number of A and B rated campuses from 2017
- 42 SAISD campuses were recognized with one or more Distinction Designations based on student performance.
- Every SAISD high school earned at least one distinction and five campuses earned all possible distinctions, which include achievement in the areas of ELA/reading, mathematics, science, social studies, academic growth, closing the gaps and post-secondary readiness
The SAISD 2020 Bond is essential to help achieve the District’s vision of becoming a national model urban school district – grounded in commitment to equity and excellence for all SAISD students.
SAISD is building on that momentum and growth with a much-needed $1.3 billion Bond to significantly upgrade and renovate 36 schools throughout the District and provide safety, security, and technology upgrades at all schools.
Voting YES for the No Tax Increase SAISD Bond 2020 is essential for the District’s vision of becoming a national model urban school district grounded in a commitment to equity and excellence for all SAISD students. The journey began ten years ago with reforming systems and processes, raising the academic bar with innovative partnerships, and investing in quality training for teaching staff. That journey can continue with the SAISD Bond 2020.
SAISD students need—and deserve—to learn in safe and modern classrooms.
Building On A Promise
The SAISD Bond 2020 is a bold step to completely renovate some of its oldest and largest schools, finish out other schools that have received partial updates in prior bonds, and provide all of the District’s more than 90 schools with updated safety and technology systems.
A diverse 22-member, community-based Blue Ribbon Task Force spent several months touring these schools, meeting with staff and citizens, and studying the District’s needs to recommend the priority projects for the SAISD Bond 2020.
There will be two separate propositions on the November 3 ballot for complete school renovations and technology upgrades.
The SAISD Bond 2020 was recommended by a diverse community-based Blue Ribbon Task Force that spent months studying the community’s needs and meeting with its citizens. The purpose of the 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force was to inform and advise the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees on matters relating to San Antonio ISD’s facility needs and 2020 Bond. The Blue Ribbon Task Force unanimously recommended the bond projects to the SAISD Board, who, in turn, unanimously approved the recommendations.
As part of the District facilities long-range master plan, the $1.3 billion Bond would provide security upgrades and new technology for all schools, and address significant renovation needs for the following 36 campuses:
LET’S DO BETTER FOR OUR STUDENTS
Built in 1957, MLK Academy is one of the 21 “mid-century” buildings in desperate need of renovation, technology upgrades, and safety/ security upgrades.
Rhodes Middle School, a post-WWII building built in 1953, needs replacement lockers, among other essential upgrades.
Proposed Bond Propositions
Vote yes at the bottom of the ballot to bring SAISD students to the top
Proposition A: Schools Receiving Renovations
Complete renovations at 21 schools whose main buildings have not been fully renovated in more than 50 years, and most with 30-year-old infrastructure:
- Advanced Learning Academy (Euclid)
- Burnet Middle School
- Carroll Early Childhood Center
- Carvajal Elementary School
- CAST Med High School
- Collins Garden Elementary School
- Gates Elementary School
- Graebner Elementary School
- Highland Hills Elementary School
- Highland Park Elementary School
- Huppertz Elementary School
- M.L. King Academy
- Lamar Elementary School
- Madison Elementary School
- Neal Elementary School
- Rhodes Middle School
- Schenck Elementary School
- Smith Elementary School
- Steele Montessori Academy
- Storm Elementary School
- Young Women’s Leadership Academy – Secondary
Initial phase of renovation for new model schools including:
- Rodriguez Montessori Elementary
- Young Women’s Leadership Academy – Primary
Final finish out of 15 schools that received updates under previous bonds:
- Bowden Academy
- Brackenridge High School
- JT Brackenridge Elementary
- Burbank High School
- Davis Middle School
- Edison High School
- Fox Tech High School
- Highlands High School
- Sam Houston High School
- Irving Dual Language Academy
- Jefferson High School
- Lanier High School
- Longfellow Middle School
- Rogers Middle School
- Tafolla Middle School
Additional 30 campuses to receive new chillers
- Ball Academy – Campus #1
- Ball Academy – Campus #2
- Baskin Elementary School
- Beacon Hill Academy
- Crockett Academy
- DeZavala Elementary School
- Estrada Achievement Center
- Forbes Academy
- Foster Academy
- Franklin Elementary School
- Green Academy
- Harris Middle School
- Herff Academy
- Kelly Elementary School
- Knox Early Childhood Center
- Lowell Middle School
- Margil Elementary School
- Maverick Elementary School
- Miller Academy
- Mission Academy
- Cooper Academy at Navarro
- Pershing Elementary School
- Rodriguez Montessori Elementary
- Smith Elementary School
- Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary
- Travis Early College High School
- Whittier Middle School
- Wilson Elementary School
- Woodlawn Hills Elementary School
- Young Men’s Leadership Academy
SAISD CORE PROMISES
The SAISD Bond 2020 ensures the District’s ability to make good on Core Promises that not only renovate buildings in desperate need of repair but also bridge the digital divide for our students, especially in these unprecedented times.
- 36 Schools
- SAISD Bond 2020 renovations would include 21 schools whose main buildings have not been fully renovated in more than 50 years and most with 30-year-old infrastructures
- SAISD Bond 2020 funds will go toward the final phase to complete campus renovations at 15 schools that received partial updates under previous bonds
- All A/C chillers more than 15 years old will be replaced with high-quality, modern HVAC systems to ensure reliable air conditioning systems, benefitting another 30 schools.
Building On Our Principles
Voting YES for SAISD Bond 2020 is a vote for the District’s Guiding Principles of transforming SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community.
Vote YES for every SAISD student to learn on a campus that is safe and secure.
Vote YES for every SAISD student the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with tools of a 21-st century workplace.
Vote YES for every SAISD student to be provided with the best and safest school environment where they can learn and achieve at the highest levels.
No Tax Rate Increase
Frequently Asked Questions
There will be two separate propositions on the ballot for the SAISD 2020 Bond. For a total investment of $1.21 billion, Proposition A will include complete renovations for 36 campuses. These upgrades include complete renovations at 21 schools whose main buildings have not been fully renovated in more than 50 years and most with 30-year-old infrastructure. These schools will also receive a replacement of aging ventilation and air conditioning systems with state-of-the-art systems that allow for fresh air circulation and safety modifications to include secured campus entries. The renovations will also include finishing out of 15 schools that received partial updates under previous bonds. Proposition A will also provide 30 additional campuses with the replacement of aging chillers and updated security camera systems for all of the District’s schools.
For a total investment of $90 million, Proposition B will include technology upgrades in all SAISD schools, equipping every classroom with high-speed connectivity, audio systems, digital devices, support tools, interactive smartboards, and more.
NO. If passed, taxpayers will NOT see a tax rate increase. The No Tax Rate Increase results from continued downtown development and the paying down of debt and low-interest rates. For residents 65 years and older, their SAISD tax bill will not increase even if their property value increases – as long as an approved Homestead and Over-65 exemption application is on file with the Bexar County Appraisal District.
If the two propositions for the SAISD Bond 2020 pass there will NOT be a tax rate increase. If the two propositions for the SAISD Bond 2020 pass, there will NOT be a tax rate increase. In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring the ballots for all school bond elections to include a sentence stating: “This is a property tax increase.” The sentence is required even if no actual tax rate increase will occur.
Bond 2016 is on track to complete on schedule and at budget. Several Bond 2016 schools are already substantially or partially complete. The majority of the remaining construction is targeted for completion next summer, 2021. Due to the complexity and phasing of some projects, completion will extend beyond that date for limited areas at four schools. All 23 projects for Bond 2010 were also on budget. Most were completed in less than five years, except four campuses determined in the design phase to need an additional year to maintain safe campus operations.
Fifteen schools received partial renovations under Bond 2010 and/or Bond 2016, but there was not enough money in those bonds to complete the campuses.The SAISD 2020 Bond will fund the final phase of work at those 15 schools to not further piece-meal renovations.
SAISD has developed a long-range facilities plan identifying the schools with the highest need. A diverse 22-member, community-based Blue Ribbon Task Force spent several months touring these schools, meeting with staff and citizens, and studying the District’s needs to recommend the priority projects for the SAISD Bond 2020.
The District has a Master Plan that, by 2030, all of its schools will be fully renovated. Assuming SAISD Bond 2020 successfully passes, the District anticipates returning to its voters in the 2024-2025 time frame for the final bond.
Blue Ribbon Task Force Committee
- Mario A. Barrera, Co-Chair
- Victoria Moreno-Herrera, C0-Chair
- Mari Aguirre, District 1
- Gina Amatangelo, District 1
- Nellie Shannon, District 1
- Christopher Green, District 2
- James Howard, District 2
- Branden Dross, District 3
- Pat Jasso, District 3
- Denise Ojeda, District 3
- Rosalinda Casillas, District 4
- Maria Cruz, District 4
- Albert Regalado, District 4
- Amado Briseno, District 5
- Leticia Gonzalez, District 5
- Robert Corpus, District 5
- Cristina Noriega, District 6
- Mary Ellen Veliz, District 6
- Veronica Goldbach, District 7
- Ted Guerra, District 7
- Sara Hernandez, District 7