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During the August 8th Board meeting, the Magnolia Independent School District (MISD) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a $232 million bond referendum to be included in the November 8, 2022, general election. The ballot will consist of two propositions totaling $232 million. There is no tax rate increase if voters approve both propositions. The district has positioned itself financially by lowering the tax rate over each of the last four consecutive years and saving over $45 million in interest through the bond defeasance plan. MISD currently has the lowest voter-approved debt per student in the area, positioning the district for the November bond and future bonds.

PROPOSITION A

Proposition A includes a new elementary school ($41 million), a new intermediate school ($66 million), and a new junior high school ($85 million). Currently, three of the district’s elementary schools and all intermediate and junior highs have reached 90% capacity. The district’s current student enrollment exceeds 14,220 students. This represents an increase of more than 500 students since October 2021 and a growth rate that surpasses demographers’ projections.

The bond also includes expansion of the Career and Technical Education programs at both high schools, renovations to the agricultural barn, and renovations to the NJROTC for $7 million. $2 million is allocated for the purchase of new buses to accommodate the district’s rapid growth. Currently, there are no spare buses for field trips, extracurricular and five new routes have been added this year. MISD’s current fleet of 146 buses transports an average 7,000 students daily.

Other priority maintenance projects include roofing at Magnolia High School and a section at Magnolia Junior High; replacing chillers and renovating cooling towers at Bear Branch Junior High; restoration of the water and sewer plants; asphalt paving repairs at Magnolia Junior High, Magnolia Intermediate and Transportation West; replace and repair exterior doors at both high schools; and flooring replacements at Smith, Nichols Sawmill and Bear Branch Elementary schools ($10 million).

Prop A also funds land purchases for future new elementary campuses ($10 million), fourth intermediate and junior high schools, as well as a third high school as the district continues to grow. Technology upgrades ($5 million) and safety and security upgrades ($2 million) are also included. Proposition A totals $228 million.

PROPOSITION B

Proposition B includes adding artificial turf for baseball and softball fields at both high schools to remain consistent with other 5A schools in the area ($4 million total, $2 million per school).

VOTING INFORMATION

Early voting begins Monday, October 24 and ends Friday, November 4. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. The final day to register to vote in the election is Tuesday, October 11.

SchoolMeals

This fall, student meal rates return to all of our campuses.

Free and reduced meal applications will be available online on July 25, 2022, at www.heartlandapps.com. Paper applications are available at the Celeste Graves Educational Support Center located at 31141 Nichols Sawmill Rd. and at your child's campus.

If you have questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 281-252-2231.

 

Thank you, voters for your support of Proposition A.

On November 8, 2022, the Magnolia ISD community members considered a $232 million bond initiative addressing the growth in our district. Of the 26,000 votes cast in this election, 52% of voters favored Proposition A ($228 million), while 40% were in favor of Proposition B ($4 million).

Thank you to our community members, parents, and staff for supporting the growth of our district. The successful passage of the bond will allow us to address the continued growth in our district by building Audubon Elementary, a new intermediate school, and a new junior high school. We will also be able to expand our CTE program, renovate the ag barn, renovate space for NJROTC, install upgrades to security and technology, and complete much-needed capital improvement projects. 

Proposition B would have provided funds to standardize our baseball and softball fields to compete with surrounding districts by installing artificial turf. While we are disappointed this proposition did not pass, we remain committed to providing our students and staff with quality facilities and programs. 

Thank you to the members of the bond committee, the Board of Trustees, as well as the district and campus staff who assisted us in the facilities planning process. The success of the bond election was due to your support and dedication to Magnolia ISD. The district will continue to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, with the MISD tax rate remaining at $1.1472, the lowest rate in 20 years. 

As we begin moving forward with building the three new schools and renovations, MISD will share updates about the progress. The administration will share the bond progress regularly through the District’s website and other communication outlets and will remain committed to the highest level of financial transparency.

Thank you for your continued support of MISD and for saying “Yes!” to our students and schools.