Trustees authorize purchase of new buses and search for construction firm to manage high-priority projects
During a special meeting, the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 15 new school buses and authorized the district to issue a Request for Qualifications for a construction manager as the district initiates the planning stages for the construction of Elementary School 7 and phase two of Lake Creek High School.
These actions come after the Montgomery ISD voters approved all three propositions on the 2022 MISD bond referendum, which was included on the May 7 election ballot. The MISD Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of the buses to be made with dollars from the general fund, with intent to reimburse once bond funds have been secured by the district.
“We’re grateful that our community saw the dire need to purchase new school buses as part of the 2022 bond program,” Board President Matt Fuller said. “With a significant delay in school bus delivery due to supply chain challenges, we felt that it was important to place the order now in order to get these buses added to our fleet as soon as possible.”
The need for buses was addressed in the project list on Proposition A of the approved bond, along with the construction of a seventh elementary school and phase two of Lake Creek HS to address the increase in student populations in the Stewart Creek ES and Keenan ES feeder patterns. During bond town hall meetings, district leadership shared that these two construction projects would be top priorities if the community approved the proposal.
“One of our core values throughout this process was a commitment to transparency,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “We also consistently communicated in conversations with the community that we would not get ahead of voters by starting project plans before seeing results of the election. With that, in order to open Elementary School 7 and complete Phase Two of Lake Creek in time for the 2024-2025 school year, we need to begin the process of planning and design now. Thanks to the support of our community, we can get started with posting the Request for Qualifications and seeking our construction management partner for these two large projects.”
Other items included in Proposition A include campus and facility upgrades across the district and land purchases for the seventh elementary school and future centralized CTE and Ag-Science Centers, as well as comparability improvements at all campuses, athletic facilities and fine arts programs. The district’s projection for completing all projects is four to five years.
More information on the Montgomery ISD 2022 Bond can be found at www.misd.org/bond.