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The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Feb. 10 in support of calling a bond election to address overcrowding and renovations to an aging Corsicana High School.

The bond program includes renovations throughout the campus, additions to several core areas of the facility, safety and security features, and enhancements to academic areas including Career and Technology Education, science labs, and fine arts. The district utilized a long-range facilities assessment to determine which projects would be included in the bond

The bond program would fund $35 million in renovations and additions at the high school, relocate the transportation center, renovate the agricultural barn, and address a number of driveway and parking lot improvements.

A combination of recent tax base growth in the district, low interest rates and paying down existing debt will allow for this bond to be issued without an increase to the district’s total tax rate.

“I think the most exciting part of this bond is the fact that it touches virtually every aspect of the high school,” said Dr. Diane Frost, CISD Superintendent.

“The renovations include building life-cycle updates like the roof, HVAC, and flooring, but they also include items that have a direct impact on instruction such as the CTE enhancements, science lab and classroom updates, and improvements in fine arts.”

The primary goal of the bond will be to address a number of overcrowded areas and many aging components of the school. A major impact to safety and security and overcrowded corridors includes connecting and enclosing the northwest hallways allowing students flexibility and space when moving between classes.

Renovation projects include roof replacement, completion of new HVAC systems, mechanical and plumbing renovations, restroom renovations, and new flooring and finishes throughout the school.

In addition, the commons area/cafeteria will be expanded to accommodate more students and to reduce overcrowding. The renovation also includes an update to the library media center, which will provide additional library resources and access to technology for students.

One of the most significant portions of the bond program is an addition and updates to the school’s Career and Technology Education building. The space is currently over capacity, and the enhancements will provide additional classroom space and improvements to the CTE programs.

Science labs and classrooms will also be a focus of the improvements. The bond also contains renovations to fine arts areas, and will allow for relocation of the Transportation Facility and additional parking at the high school. The agricultural barn will be updated to create a safer, healthier and more secure environment for livestock.

The most recent Corsicana ISD bond program was held six years ago and included renovations to campuses, improved safety and security at each campus, and the new Corsicana Middle School.

Corsicana ISD residents will have an opportunity to vote on the bond referendum during Early Voting, April 20 through 28 and on Election Day, May 2. Additional information about the bond will be available on the district website.

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