Donna school board trustees move toward $120M bond election

Donna ISD administration offices on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Donna. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

Donna school board trustees voted Tuesday to approve an order calling a $120 million bond election for May.

Administration laid out the rationale behind the bond push last month and Superintendent Angela Dominguez revisited the key points at Tuesday’s board meeting.

A 2019 Texas Association of School Boards study identified more than $240 million in recommended repairs and updates.

The bond would address many of those, with the lion’s share of the money going toward the addition of new wings at several campuses, a need Dominguez said is underscored by growth in the community.

“All of these measures would help to improve the safety of our students by eliminating portables at all sites and getting students all into a main building,” she said.

Other projects would include new classrooms, gyms and outdoor learning spaces.

If successful, the district expects the overall tax rate increase tied to the bond to be 6.98 cents, although the ongoing legislative session may mitigate that number.

There was no board discussion on the bond before Tuesday’s vote.

“What the next steps would be … is we would educate, empower and engage our stakeholders in understanding all of the needs of the district,” Dominguez told the board.