On Feb. 13, the Humble ISD board of trustees unanimously voted on a $575 million bond referendum package to be placed on the May 5 ballot. Here is a detailed breakdown of the items that are included in the bond package.
When voters think of a school bond, they almost always associate bond money with building new schools, and indeed, nearly 40 percent of the 2018 bond package is allocated for this purpose. All dollar values for projects are cost based on the expected build year.
The bond package contains provisions for both a new middle school No. 10 to open August 2020 ($65.5 million) and a new elementary school No. 30 to open August 2021 ($39 million).
Middle school No. 9 (West Lake Middle School) was paid for with 2008 bond funds and is under construction, scheduled to open August 2018 in The Groves subdivision. The Groves Elementary and Elementary School No. 29 were also recently built as some of the last projects from the 2008 bond money.
The bond also includes more than $110 million for replacement of both Kingwood Middle ($71.2 million) and Lakeland Elementary ($40.6 million). PBK Architects conducted a detailed “remodel or rebuild” assessment and determined that rebuild rather than renovation is a more cost-effective approach in the long run.
Approximately $30 million is allocated for other building projects. Nearly $6 million is planned to build a new ag barn in 2019. The barn’s current location on Woodland Hills Drive is in a flood-prone area. The area has flooded several times, and during Harvey, water was up to the roofline. About $1 million was spent on short-term repairs to restore the barn for use this school year, but a longer-term