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Citizens unhappy with McCoy Road drainage plan
City Volunteers Wanted
Business Expo and Taste of the Town Event
Former Mayor Doyle Fenn Passes
Manvel State of the City Address
Manvel Council News
AISD requests class-size waiver
AISD to begin graduation initiative
AISD considers finances
with McCoy Road drainage plan
October 3, 2012
residents living north and adjacent to the High School along McCoy Road from
Lewis to Charlotte have been in a weeks long dispute with city council and
the developers of the Lakeland Subdivision. The Lakeland development is
north of Manvel High School and is currently in progress. It is expected to
contain more than 600 homes when build-out is complete.
The dispute concerns the drainage work done on the east
side of McCoy. Resident complaints include encroachment beyond the easement
boundary and ditches dug too deep and steep to be able to adequately
maintain. The residents also express unhappiness that “their side” does not
look as nice as the west side with underground drainage, finished sidewalks,
and soon to be nicely landscaped. Mayor Martin expressed the concern from
the property owner apparently most affected that “she feels slighted, that
underground culverts are addressed for everyone but her, and she is worried
that you have gone too deep in her property and cut too many roots off of
her trees and fear her trees may die.”
The issue is not easily reconcilable. The developer
claims to have performed “construction in good faith on approved plans” and
feels the cost of any subsequent work should not be borne exclusively but
should include some city participation. The plans were approved by the
city’s consulting engineer, Dan Johnson, and as he explains it the plans as
originally submitted met all the required specifications as noted in the
city’s Subdivision Ordinance. “When they tried to actually put that in the
field, it did not fit,” explained Johnson. “Geometrically there was no way
to do all that,” he said.
member Melody Hanson clarified that the inaccurate drawings were produced by
the developer’s engineer and in an attempt to determine financial
responsibility inquired why, at the moment it was understood that it could
not be done, that the project was not determined non-compliant? “If you
could not follow the plans that were submitted to the city shouldn’t we have
been notified?” The developer of the project, Dan Rucker, justified the
actions as plying new ground explaining that city rules are “ambiguous” in
the city’s Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan and that this is the first
test of those Plans since it was adopted.
Johnson believes it was not the fault of the city, the
developer, or the contractor, saying “it just did not fit.” He says that
everyone is now “scrambling to figure out how to make it all fit in the
amount of room between the edge of the pavement and the property.” The
engineer for the developer proclaims the 2.5 foot depth requirement in the
city’s Design Criteria as very restrictive and “has to be revised”. He
claims to have driven around the city and all the other ditches are “pretty
The engineer admitted that the incorrect calculations on
the approved plans were not realized until after construction began. Mayor
Martin expressed her thought there seems to be a “gap there that is not
connecting” if the constructors had plans calling for 2.5 foot ditches and
after realizing it would not work went ahead and dug them 4 foot anyway.
Council member Maureen DelBello said she does not understand why the work
was not halted immediately when it was seen that it would not work as
designed. Property owners insisted that work was not finally halted until
they began raising the issue with council.
The drainage work was required because part of the
development plan approved by the city required the re-construction of McCoy
Road in keeping with the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan. If the road had
been left as it was, none of the drainage work would have been required.
One affected citizen commented that the new road is
“literally a foot higher or more” than their property and that “we really
have to get this ditch right or we could build a dam for our entire
The developer, Dan Rucker, explained to council that the
primary focus is “to make sure the integrity of the system does not cause
backed up water and would provide a better drainage system than the one that
was in place.” He went on to claim that aesthetics are important but
constructing something that is “functional and manageable and can be
maintained is paramount.” He said that it is time to get to some sort of
comfort level that the McCoy Road issue is made to work to some adequate
resolution so that home construction is not delayed.
One resident complained of the process having gone on for
2 ½ months. Rucker responded that “assuming it is physically feasible to
rip every driveway out of there and come back in and bury some super
elaborate storm system is a two week job at the most.” The question posed
by Rucker is “how do we do that and who is going to pay for it?” He says he
needs direction from the city as they are the “ultimate authority who is
going to accept and bless the improvements.”
Rucker said he would make whatever commitment necessary
to ensure the issue is addressed to an acceptable resolution. The most
recent re-work of the drainage provides underground culverts and pipes on
each affected property except one that is at the farthest end of the
required slope necessary to ensure sufficient flood water evacuation.
Property owners said they initially like what they see but want to be able
to look closer at the plans before making any decision. One insisted that
the process not be “piecemealed” and that they want to see the resolution
work for everyone.
Council ultimately agreed with Member John Cox in his
suggestion to table the matter to allow the property owners, city
representatives, and the developer to come up with a satisfactory solution.
“We are just wasting a bunch of time talking about this and going over and
over and over it. This is probably the fourth meeting I have heard about
this, and enough is enough, we need to resolve it and move forward.”
Council does expect to have a final
resolution to the issue on the next council agenda, scheduled for Monday,
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October 10, 2012
The City of Manvel is encouraging citizens to apply for
positions on various volunteer Commissions, Boards, and Committees.
Volunteers are desired for the Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC),
the city’s Planning, Development & Zoning Commission (PD&Z), and the Zoning
Board of Adjustment & Appeals.
Appointments are made annually and as vacancies occur. Most terms are for
According to the city’s website, volunteers play a key role in keeping the
city government close to the people it serves and provides ideas, feedback,
and suggestions to city council. It also serves as a sounding board for
The Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) claims its key objectives
to be the recruiting of new businesses, creating jobs, and increasing the
current tax base. It markets Manvel to prospective companies and works to
retain and expand existing businesses.
The Planning, Development & Zoning Commission assists City Council, property
owners, developers and all citizens in regard to growth and new development,
stabilizing and conserving existing development and preserving the City's
heritage. It provides current and long-range planning including
administration of subdivision and zoning regulations; preparation, updating
and implementation of comprehensive and policy planning; preparation and
analysis of related housing, land use, and demographic information; and
support to the city council.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment & Appeals serves as the final arbiter in city
zoning disputes and is charged with hearing and deciding cases regarding the
Manvel Zoning Ordinance.
Volunteer Applications can be printed from the city’s website at
www.cityofmanvel.com or can be picked up from the City Secretary at Manvel
City Hall. Call 281-489-0630 for additional information.
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Business Expo and Taste
of the Town Event
October 10, 2012
Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Business Expo and Taste of the
Town event last Thursday. The event was considered a great success by event
organizers as “exhibitor space was completely sold out and the attendance
was amazing” according to Chamber officials.
The event was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on State Highway 6 in
Alvin. Nearly 40 local business participated in the event. Attendees enjoyed
the opportunity to check out the products and services offered by local
businesses and restaurants as free food was provided by several area
eateries. There was a $500 grand prize drawing, and most every business
offered an individual door prize.
The Chamber has sponsored business expo’s in the past but they were phased
out due to modest success. This year, it was decided to incorporate the
local eateries to make the event more appealing to a wider audience. The
event’s organizer and Chamber President, Johanna McWilliams, explained that
the food booths were strategically placed so that visitors could enjoy the
food while exploring all of the businesses.
Total attendance numbers were not known at the time of this writing, but
estimates had it between 500 and 700 people. McWilliams said she expects the
event to become an annual tradition and has already begun to think about
“The Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce is an all-volunteer partnership
of businesses and professional people working together for the betterment of
the community” and is supported by membership fees. The Chamber markets
itself as a partner to local business and uses a variety of resources to
help promote local commerce. For more information on the Chamber, visit
their website at alvinmanvelchamber.org.
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Mayor Doyle Fenn Passes
October 17, 2012
elected Manvel Mayor Doyle Fenn passed away last week after a short illness.
He was 85-years old. In addition to his service as mayor, Mr. Fenn served as
chairman of the city’s Planning, Development & Zoning Commission and
recently, in 2011, volunteered his efforts as Chairman of the Home Rule
Charter Commission which directed the city’s efforts to achieve Home Rule
Fenn moved to Manvel after retiring as a teacher and administrator in the
Deer Park community in 1987. He has published five books and according to
his obituary the “essence of his life was a boundless love for God.”
Current Manvel Mayor Delores Martin praised Fenn as a “tireless advocate”
for the city and said the city will miss his leadership and commitment.
Fenn is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty, four children, and numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After local services he will be
buried in his native Oklahoma as was his wish.
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Manvel State of the City Address
October 17, 2012
mayor of Manvel, Delores Martin, and city staff presented the city’s annual
State of the City address to members of the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of
Commerce on Monday.
The city’s controller, Phyllis Herbst, reported that sales tax estimates for
2012 show a marked increase from the previous year and is projected to be
$966,000. While some of the gain can be attributed to more favorable
economic conditions, the bulk of the increase, $191,000, is due to the
allocation of additional funds to street maintenance; resulting from voter’s
decision last year to take money away from the Manvel Economic Development
Corporation and allocate it to street maintenance instead.
Herbst also explained that the city’s tax rate has remained constant for the
past five years at .587863 per $100 appraised value. Revenues for the
current fiscal year are estimated at $3,920,000 with expenditures estimated
at $3,800,000. She also noted Mayor Martin’s pride in that Manvel is the
only city in Brazoria County that provides a $90,000 property tax exemption
for citizens over age 65 and the handicapped.
Public Works Director Jay White informed the group that over 29,000 linear
feet of drainage improvements were installed and 2,200 feet of culverts.
22,000 feet of streets and roads were paved and three bridges were rebuilt
on Furnace and Louisiana with help from TxDOT and Brazoria County. Lewis
Lane required the replacement of 12 large box culverts and the department
was able to complete the job in two weeks, ensuring the opening of the
school year at EC Mason was uninterrupted.
Michael White reported on the city’s water and sewer efforts and described
the addition of over 10,000 feet of water lines and over 11,000 feet of
sewer lines. A new sanitary lift station was added along with a 12 inch
sanitary gravity line along the south side of SH6 at Corporate Drive. Also
added was a 12 inch water main serving the north end of McCoy Road that also
included fire protection. And 149 radio frequency water meters were
installed to better serve the community.
Police Chief Ralph Garcia touted his securing of a federal grant in the
amount of $72,132 that allowed the department to acquire a LiveScan
fingerprint system that lets law enforcement check in real-time fingerprints
against state and federal databases. Garcia explained that it will go a long
way in thwarting those arrested who attempt to conceal their identity.
Remaining money from the grant will be used to equip department cruisers
with updated computers providing access to local, state, and federal
databases when conducting investigations in the field.
Garcia went on to explain the addition of a Certified Crime Prevention
Officer who will be able to provide business and home-owners a security
analysis that will provide in detail what can be done to better protect
their property from the criminal element. Meeting the suggestions could make
the owner eligible for an insurance discount up to 20%. The office will also
be able to address issues such as identity theft, elderly scams, kids and
the internet, kids and gun violence, work place violence, and more.
In the planning stages is a program called ARE YOU OK; described as a
telephone reassurance program that automatically dials subscribers at
pre-arranged times to check on their well-being. Garcia explained it as a
great service to elderly citizens and others who live on their own and have
little contact with others. Also coming soon is a Citizens Police Academy
that Garcia feels will make a difference in the community we live in. These
volunteers will act as the eyes and ears of law enforcement and report
crimes in progress or suspicious activity directly to the police. Other
activities could include traffic control, special events, and more.
Elaine Graham discussed permits, explaining 197 residential permits were
issued in the last fiscal year valued at $49,153,049. Six commercial permits
were issued valued at $1,902,505. All other permits issued totaled 321. The
number of burn permits issued was 349, 61 other annual permits for a total
of 934 permits issued. Inspectors performed 3,277 inspections.
Annie Torres presented the Municipal Court report. She explained that
Michael Culling has served as the Municipal Court Judge for 16 years. An
alternate Judge, Bridget Peters, was appointed in November 2011. Court
sessions are held once or twice each month and the court room at the County
Annex Building is used. The Municipal Court handles traffic infractions and
state ordinance violations. Torres happily announced that the Court is in
the process of upgrading their management software.
City Manager Kyle Jung presented the work of the city’s engineering
consultant, Dan Johnson. Jung explained that Johnson worked on the city’s
five-year Capital Improvements Program. The plan identifies a list of
projects over the next five years that the city should consider prioritizing
and funding so that those items can be included in future budgets. Johnson
worked with public works on several projects already mentioned: a 4 inch
water line, installed decades ago on Rogers road, was replaced with an 8
inch line that included fire hydrants as well. An extension on the west side
of Rogers Road is in process that will move the water line to the other side
of the road from its current placement. Gates Loop received relief from
their long-standing drainage issues with the re-establishment of road-side
ditches, improved culverts, and a repaved road. A sanitary sewer improvement
line was put in on the south side of state hwy 6 near Corporate Drive.
In process is an impact fee structure that will charge developers with the
cost of improving water, sewer, and/or drainage infrastructure that results
from the impact of their plans. Four of the city’s six lift stations are
undergoing improvements through the use of Water Development Board money.
The staff is working on a revision to the design criteria manual that the
city uses when talking with proposed developers. It sets out the specific
standards the city wants for infrastructure that will impact the city’s
future growth. In conjunction with MEDS, the installation of water mains
from approximately Pollard Drive (near the Burger Barn restaurant) over to
state hwy 288. Currently expected is a 16 inch water line and an 8 inch
force main that would provide the ability for commercial development along
hwy 6 from that part of the city.
Lakeland Development is nearing the sale of lots with model homes to be
built soon thereafter. The development, just behind Manvel High School, will
eventually contain 649 new homes on 80 foot lots. Cervelle Homes will be the
builder. Three new sections in Southfork are in the planning stages and a
new section in Rodeo Palms is under way. Both a new Junior High School and
an Elementary School are in the works for the west side of the ETJ as well.
Mayor Martin said that “Manvel is indeed a city on the rise” as she cited EZ
Line’s expansion of 27,500 square feet and the addition of 25 new jobs. She
ended the address with acknowledgement to city council for their
contribution to the city’s administration and praise for the pride in which
city employees go about their work. “Our work is an on-going process, our
future lays right before us.”
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October 24, 2012
Manvel City Council held a joint workshop with PD&Z this week to discuss
revisions to both the Building Façade Ordinance and the Landscape Ordinance.
Both proposals were rejected by council at previous submissions.
The purpose of the Building Façade Ordinance is to “provide regulation of
the visual environment along the existing and proposed major and minor
transportation corridors within the city limits of Manvel.” The authors
claim the regulation is required to support the city’s vision as supported
by its citizens and city council.
The regulations do not apply to single family residential property or areas
governed by recorded deed restrictions. The regulations will apply to all
buildings that are within 700 feet from the centerline of a major
thoroughfare and 300 feet from the centerline of collector or minor
transportation corridors. The Ordinance will be in addition to existing
Council member Adrian Gaspar was the most vocal opponent to the previous
submission feeling its requirements too onerous as it included residential
property, there were no exceptions for existing businesses, and the allowed
building materials were too limited. Each of those issues was addressed in
the new proposal and Gaspar now expresses his support of the Ordinance
saying it “improved a lot.”
Other members appeared to support the revised Ordinance except for John Cox
who expressed his feeling that if a property owner wants to build their own
business, they should be able to build what they want so long as all city
codes are met, and should not be told by the city how it needs to be built.
“It’s just how I feel,” he said.
A revised Landscape Ordinance was also presented to council for discussion.
The proposal does not apply to residential properties or to projects built
in a Special Development zone such as a subdivision. The purpose of the
Ordinance is to “establish regulations pertaining to landscaping on
commercial property within the city and to set guidelines for the protection
or replacement of significant trees during construction of commercial
The proposal would require commercial property developers to landscape a
specific percentage of their land in order to earn a building permit. It
also lays out explicit locations on the development where the landscaping
must be. Authors say the intent of the Ordinance is to give property owners
“as much free choice as possible regarding the selection and uses of plant
material.” There are, however, recommended trees and “trees not allowed” in
Council members were generally agreeable with the Landscape Ordinance. Both
Ordinances will undergo minor revisions by PD&Z before being returned to
council for a vote.
Council also received a report from Dan Johnson, the city’s consulting Civil
Engineer, regarding the drainage issues on McCoy Road that had received much
of council’s attention in recent months. Johnson said the effort was
underway and that the Lakeland developer has gone beyond the scope of work
authorized by council at a previous meeting. He described the installation
of an elliptical pipe, rather than a traditional and cheaper round one, in
the higher part of the drainage run to address the concern of the pipe’s
exposure to the surface. The elliptical pipe affords greater ground cover so
that interference with common maintenance is less likely to be a concern.
The work is expected to be complete by the end of the week and initial
impressions of the affected property owners appear to be good. As Johnson
expressed to council, “this is the first meeting in three months with no
In other council news, approval was given to the conditional acceptance of
the infrastructure improvements for the Lakeland Subdivision and the
commencement of the final plat recordation with the county. Dan Johnson
signed off on all outstanding “punch list” issues which now allows the
developer to begin lot sales to the builder so that model homes can be
Other development progress was seen in council’s required consent to the
sale and issuance of bonds by Sedona Lakes Municipal Utility District No. 1.
The development will soon begin construction on three additional phases of
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requests class-size waiver
October 24, 2012
The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District approved an
administrative request for 54 class-size waivers to accommodate continued
growth in the kindergarten through 4th grade classes. The waivers are
needed, administration officials say, for ten elementary schools due to a
shortage of additional teachers as a result of the state’s system of
AISD experienced 4% growth in the last year. Additional teachers, staff, and
schools have been increased in an effort to meet the growth. The district
claims they are no longer able to afford the expense of hiring additional
teachers to maintain the currently mandated student-teacher ratio of 22:1.
AISD begins teacher pay at $46,700 and with benefits added the cost rises to
In justifying the request, the administration explains the district has
implemented over $3 million in budget cuts and cost avoidance measures
during the past couple of years including an early exit incentive program.
Many central office administration positions were eliminated with attrition.
With limited or no control over the cost of utilities, fuel for buses to
cover 250 square miles, or property insurance, the district has little
choice but to cut positions, programs, and streamline services in a time
when the district continues to grow. Elementary principals cannot meet
expectations if $56,988 of their operating budget is used to employ
The administration expounded that the district has added portable buildings
to existing schools to facilitate growth. In May 2012 for the 2012-13 year,
the board approved spending over $2 million for 30 additional elementary
teaching positions and 8 secondary positions due to anticipated growth. In
August, four additional teaching positions have been added to accommodate
classes with over 22 students at Glenn York Elementary, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Elementary, and Hood Case Elementary. Busing and transferring students to
overflow campuses has occurred across the district. Teachers have been
reassigned to redistribute classes to accommodate growth and to help
alleviate needing a waiver. Though these measures were taken to alleviate
overcrowding, the student enrollment continues to increase with inadequate
funding to hire the additional staff necessary to support the 22:1 ratio.
The district claims to “recognize its obligation and is fully committed to
achieve compliance with the state class size requirements. Alvin ISD will
continue to effectively serve its community and will accommodate growth as
outlined in a compliance plan.”
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AISD to begin graduation initiative
October 24, 2012
In an effort to improve the graduation rate of limited English proficient (LEP)
students in AISD, the Board of Trustees approved the commitment of $163,200
to fund Communities in Schools (CIS), an initiative that will place
personnel in seven district campuses. Additional funding from Title I and
the Criminal Justice Division from the Office of the Governor will bring the
total financial commitment to the program to $326,400.
AISD is well below the 75% state average graduation rate for LEP students at
just 31.4%. Research shows that instituting an effective instructional plan
for a secondary ESL program has demonstrated good results toward achieving
educational success while developing academic English proficiency.
According to AISD documents, the Communities in Schools program is “an
“in-school” (8+ hour days, 5 days a week, year round) multi-disciplinary
approach to increase each student participant’s opportunity to be successful
in school by improving attendance, academic performance, and behavior. The
program encompasses and encourages partnerships with federal, state and
local social service agencies, as well as private and community based
organizations, local colleges, the private business sector, the community,
churches, and public schools. In addition, CIS programs promote and
facilitate the coordinated delivery of existing health, social, education,
community, and other support services on elementary, middle school, and
secondary campuses for the benefit of young people and their families.”
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October 31, 2012
The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District (AISD) held
a workshop last week to share information on district financial matters for
discussion. The meeting follows the receipt of the annual demographic report
earlier in the month which projects continued increases in student
enrollment in future years.
Assistant Superintendent Tommy King described the information presented as a
preparation for the years anticipated financial needs. Among the areas
included in the workshop were presentations on fund balance issues, growing
enrollment needs, and the options for buying down outstanding bond
indebtedness. The Board recently approved a change in the fiscal year so
that the budget cycle more closely matches the academic school year, meaning
that the process will begin in January, several month’s sooner than in years
The district maintains thirty-two unique financial funds that generally must
be kept separate from one another. The general fund pays for on-going
maintenance and operations (M&O); the debt service fund is used for paying
principle and interest for current year debt obligations (I&S); the capital
projects fund includes money received from voter approved bond sales;
special revenue funds are comprised of various sources, such as student
activity fees and food service resources; an internal service fund comprises
things such as property and casualty insurance and health insurance; agency
funds and private purpose funds are managed by the district but are not
owned. Examples include money from student club activities and scholarships.
The general fund is the largest of the accounts and was the most discussed
at the workshop. It is funded in part by the M&O tax rate charged to
district property owners. The rate has remained unchanged at 1.04 per $100
valuation since 2007. In the last fiscal year, district taxpayers funded
approximately 45% of the M&O budget. State and federal funds comprised the
bulk of the remaining 55%.
Three Trustees voted against the 1.04 tax rate last month, believing the
fund balance maintained by the district is too large. Trustee Mike Lansford
described how the unobligated fund balance for the district has steadily
increased in recent years. In 2006-2007 the balance was $24.3 million. In
2010-2011 it was $55.6 million. District officials anticipate an additional
$8.3 million surplus for the current tax year. Lansford espoused a reduction
in the M&O tax rate of four cents (.04) in addition to the 1.5 cent
reduction in the I&S rate that was ultimately approved by the Board with a
4-3 vote. Other dissenting Trustees were Sue Stringer and Eddie Martinez.
Administrators explained the current policy that the unassigned general fund
balance should be maintained at a level between 60 and 90 days of total
operating expenditures. The district chooses to conservatively maintain 90
days because at times in the past it has been required to float state funds
before they became available. The 2006-2007 fiscal year was cited as an
extreme example when more than $16 million was required to be spent from
fund balance while waiting for state and federal funds to be received. The
alternative is to borrow money against future tax revenue.
In explaining the current $55.6 million fund balance, administrators claim
that just $13.5 million is available for spending after maintaining a 90-day
reserve and accounting for various liabilities, delinquent property tax
collections, and state and federal funds expected but not yet received.
Pat Miller, AISD’s Director of Support Services, discussed the issue of how
many and how fast additional schools will need to be constructed to
accommodate the projected growth the district aniticpates in future years.
Miller explained that previous growth has been realized of just over 4% per
year and the forecast for the next five years projects the 4% rate to
continue. In ten years, 2022-2023, expected student enrollment is likely to
surpass 28,000. The just completed 2011-2012 school year is estimated to
show an audited enrollment of 18,208 students.
Miller went on to describe the district’s current building plan and
explained that an additional 10,000 seats will need to be constructed in the
next ten years. The west side of the district continues to lead the growth
pattern and it is expected that a shortfall in elementary capacity of over
700 seats in the 2014-2015 school year will be realized. Miller explained
that as nearly equivalent to an entire school building. He says projections
call for a shortfall of 1,500 seats by the 2016-2017 school year. The Junior
High situation is similar, though not quite as pressing, with a projected
300 seat deficit by the 2013-2014 school year.
In order for the district to be able to position itself to meet the need for
elementary capacity, a new school should be open for the 2014-2015 school
year. Waiting for the submission of a bond proposal to taxpayers in November
2013 would put the district behind the necessary time-line to have a
completed elementary school ready in August 2014. Miller says the situation
pushes district officials to be creative in trying to determine ways to be
able to start an elementary school in advance of a bond election next
November. Additionally, to meet the Junior High capacity, property needs to
be acquired, design work completed, and civil construction commenced prior
to a bond election next year.
Miller projects the cost to meet these imminent needs to be $24.8 million.
Elementary 15 is currently undergoing design and site work and will have an
estimated cost of $16.4 million to complete. Administrators propose to use a
combination of monies from fund balance and unspent and/or unauthorized bond
funds from previous issues to pay these costs.
Additional infrastructure that will need to be addressed by a Citizens
Advisory Committee (CAC) in anticipation of a bond election next year
include the construction costs for the new Junior High, land acquisition and
construction of elementary 16, land acquisition for two additional
elementary schools (17 and 18), Phase 1 construction costs for High School
#3, and a renovation/replacement of Longfellow Elementary in Alvin. A bond
proposal of $167.2 million is expected to be the minimum submitted for voter
approval in 2013. Miller explained that amount only meets the immediate
two-year growth projects for additional seats and fails to consider any
special programs, athletics, fine arts, transportation, career, or
A Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will be appointed by the Board to
determine district needs, prioritizing those needs, determining a bond
amount, and assessing the prospects of an election. The Committee reports
its results to the Board to assist in consideration of authorizing the
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