Voters to decide on $65 million bond for Pleasanton ISD

District voters go to polls Tuesday


PLEASANTON, Texas – An oil boom means Pleasanton is growing -- and growing fast. 

The growth has left the city's schools with more students than ever before, and has Pleasanton Independent School District officials proposing a $65 million bond.

"We haven't had a large school bond here in ... maybe never," said Pleasanton ISD Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith.

She believed now is the perfect time to move forward with much needed repairs and renovations to the aging schools.

"We know construction costs are low, interest rates are low (and) we've got some oil field money that's going to benefit us," said Clinesmith.

According to the district, the impact on a taxpayer -- with an average house value of $100,000 -- would be about $17 a month. 

Citizens over the age of 65 would have no tax increase, should the bond pass.

The bond calls for the construction of a new high school, located very close to the city's junior college.

"We'll have classes ([at the junior college)," said Clinesmith. "Their professors will come to the high school, so it's a really good setting for us."

The existing high school, built in 1957, would serve as the new junior high and would be enhanced. 

Students at Pleasanton Elementary School would be moved into the old junior high, which would also see renovation. 

Currently, Pleasanton Elementary sits in a floodplain and suffers from overcrowding. The elementary school would be sold, according to the district. 

Security and technology are also set to be upgraded, while the Performing Arts Center and the current sports complexes will stay as is.

"That $65 million will serve us well and get us to where we need to be for decades ahead," said Clinesmith.

Pleasanton ISD voters will decide whether to approve or vote down the bond Tuesday.

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