As 2018 comes to a close, Lake Travis school officials are pleased to report that overall progress on the district’s November 2017 voter-approved bond is on track and within budget.
The $253 million bond is the district’s largest issue to date. It includes a number of projects which were completed this summer such as the purchase of new school buses and the installation of seat belts. However, several projects are in progress—highlighted by Bee Cave Middle School in western Travis County, and 2019 will bring additional work including districtwide building renovations and repairs and the construction of Elementary School number 7 in Rough Hollow. The bond also includes districtwide technology infrastructure and land for future facilities and utilities.
Visit the LTISD website for a complete list of Bond 2018 project.
“We are fortunate to live in a community where residents are passionate about and committed to supporting one of the state’s premier public school systems,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD Superintendent of Schools. “This bond allows us to accommodate the continued increase in student enrollment across our district while ensuring that all projects are well-built and completed in a timely and fiscally responsible manner. As we stressed with our community prior to the election, the bond has no impact on our total tax rate. However, it is important to keep in mind that an increase in a homeowner’s property value will inevitably result in an increase in a homeowner’s tax bill.”
A demographic report commissioned by the district and released in February 2017 indicates enrollment is increasing by approximately 300 to 400 students annually. In October 2018, Lake Travis schools recorded a total enrollment of 10,702 students.
With the anticipated opening of Bee Cave Middle School next fall, district officials will convene a school attendance zones committee in early February 2019. The committee is expected to make its recommendation to the school board in April with final board approval in May. New middle school attendance zones will become effective August 2019, while elementary school attendance zones will become effective in August 2020 to coincide with the opening of each campus.
For more information about the LTISD 2018 Bond, contact the LTISD Office of Communications at 512-533-6046.