Why is WSISD proposing a bond election to voters?
The 2021 bond package was developed to accommodate future student enrollment growth in WSISD, which is projected to increase by 15 percent (1,350 students) over the next 5 to 10 years. As of December 2020, nearly 5,000 single family future lots are planned within WSISD. A total of 6,700 lots will be available over the next 10 years in the western section of the district.
The White Settlement ISD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee—composed of more than 50 parents, grandparents, students, educators, and taxpayers—studied enrollment projections, district finances, tax scenarios, facility assessments and more to present a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The School Board voted to hold an election on Nov. 2, 2021.
What is included in the 2021 Bond Election?
The bond election includes two propositions that will impact EVERY student, EVERY school and EVERY teacher. Voters can cast votes for both propositions.
Proposition B would also enable WSISD to increase salaries, attract and retain high quality educators, and advance our pay scale to a competitive range for the area. WSISD ranks 32nd out of 48th in teacher salaries.
Who can vote in this election?
Registered voters who reside in the WSISD boundaries may vote in the 2021 bond election. WSISD consists of the City of White Settlement and the western portion of Fort Worth. Click the link to find out if you reside in the WSISD boundaries.
How will be the bond package impact my taxes?
Citizens 65 and over who have applied for and received the over 65 Exemption will NOT have an increase in their taxes as a result of this bond.
The Interest and Sinking (I&S) Tax Rate funds debt payments of the district, including construction for new facilities. The $115 million bond package would increase the I&S tax rate from .48 to .50 per $100 valuation.
A school district’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate funds the day-to-day operations of the district (i.e. salaries, utilities, building maintenance and transportation). Proposition B (the Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election) would increase the M&O tax rate by 2 cents.
Individuals with an appraised home value of $187,000—and the homestead exemption—would see an increase to their property taxes of $5.99 a month or $71.93 annually.
Why does the bond package not include a new school?
WSISD's future enrollment growth requires a new elementary school. The proposed package to move the Fine Arts Academy to Tannahill Intermediate and implement grade level realignment provides a better financial option for the district. The proposed changes will enable WSISD to improve every school and make enhancements district-wide rather than only purchase a new elementary at the new construction prices.
How have my taxes been impacted by WSISD over the past 10 years?
WSISD maintained a Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Tax Rate of $1.04 for 10 years (2010-2019). The district reduced the M&O to .96 in 2020.
Residents may have seen an increase in their property taxes as a result of appraised value increases by the Tarrant Appraisal District.
What are the benefits of the proposed Grade Level Instructional Alignment?
The proposed grade level realignment will strengthen the kindergarten through fifth grade curriculum alignment and create a stronger foundation for students as they transition to the middle school starting in sixth grade.
The proposed instructional alignment would allow elementary age students to only transition to a new school one time. Currently, students change schools from elementary to intermediate and from intermediate to middle school. This would result in one transition—from elementary to the Sixth Grade Center.
A focused Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Early Childhood Academy at West Elementary will enhance the early literacy and math skills of our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Blue Haze, Liberty and North Elementaries would now serve students in grades 1 through 5.
Fine Arts Academy
The Fine Arts Academy will become a 1st through 5th grade campus at the current Tannahill Intermediate site, enabling the school to serve additional students, become a neighborhood school, and provide additional facilities that are conducive to implementing the fine arts at the elementary level.
Sixth Grade Center
The bond includes construction of a two-story 6th Grade Center addition at the Brewer Middle School campus. The 6th Grade Center would serve as the bridge from elementary to middle school and provide additional Fine Arts, Pre-Athletic and Career and Technical Education opportunities for our sixth graders as a result of shared staffing at the middle school level.
This increased exposure at a younger age will enable sixth graders to explore their interests and better prepare students to compete and excel at the middle school and high school levels.
When would the grade level realignment take place?
The realignment would begin in 3 to 5 years.
Will WSISD redraw the boundary lines when construction is completed?
The district would redraw the boundary lines.