SWISD proposing $75M bond for school upgrades, $17M natatorium, among other improvements

SAN ANTONIO – The Southwest Independent School District is asking voters to consider a $75 million bond, which voters will decide on come Election Day.  

The district said the decision on how the money will be used was decided through community input. 

About $18 million will go toward renovations to Southwest High School, $17 million will go toward building a natatorium near Loop 410 and Old Pearsall Road, nearly $13 million will go toward upgrades to Scobee Middle School and the rest of the money will go toward repairs to roof and HVAC systems at various campuses, the purchase of new buses and technology upgrades.

Janice Hernandez, spokesperson for Southwest ISD, said the natatorium would be the first of its kind in the area.

“We feel it’s important to have this resource. It's another way to educate our students how to swim,” she said.

The city of San Antonio has also allotted funds to support the construction of the facility, which would be for public use as well.

Linda Aguilar and other parents said they are behind the upgrades but question the need for a swimming facility.

“I think it should go to something more useful for them than a swimming pool, because they need a lot of other equipment,” she said.

Aguilar’s children often complain about power and A/C units going out at their school.  

The bond is the first one introduced since 2012. The district points to the increasing property value and the decline in school funding by the state.

About 14,000 students are enrolled in the district, and enrollment numbers are increasing.

An informational meeting will be held Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Southwest High School and Southwest Legacy High School.

Early voting starts Oct. 22, and Election Day is Nov. 6.  

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