HOW WAS THE WILLS POINT ISD 2022 BOND DEVELOPED?
In the fall of 2021, the WPISD Facility Advisory Committee (FAC), made up of parents, staff, and community representatives, engaged in researching and examining the prospect of a future bond referendum to address existing and new facilities in Wills Point ISD. The formation of the FAC stemmed from a unanimous recommendation by the WPISD Board of Trustees on November 8th, following a review of the district’s demographic growth data and current facility conditions, which triggered a district-wide review of campus capacity.
From November 2021 to February 2022, the FAC met to create a long-range plan for WPISD. During those months, they conducted facility tours, reviewed growth data trends for WPISD, deliberated a condition index developed by PBK Architects, and studied the current financial capacity of WPISD stakeholders. Following a consensus on proposed projects and a long-term facilities plan on February 3rd, the FAC representatives presented their bond recommendation to the Board of Trustees on February 14, 2022. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the $71,965,000 million bond referendum for the May 7 election ballot.
HOW DID THE COMMITTEE DETERMINE THE CAPICITY THAT WAS NEEDED?
Through an internal demographic study, it was determined that our projected growth rate for the next 2-3 years is 5%. These projections are based on the number of properties that have been approved and are platted for future home development within the school district. The graphs below show the previous student enrollment population and the current projections.
HOW WILL THE 2022 BOND IMPACT THE CURRENT GRADE ALIGNMENT?
The projects proposed by the 2022 Bond will allow Wills Point ISD to realign so that the new Wills Point Junior High becomes a larger school, serving grades 6-8; the current Wills Point Junior High campus becomes a 5th-grade Center, 18-Plus, and GOALS campus; and the Woods Intermediate campus continues to serve grades 2-4. The creation of a 5th grade only campus will help better design instructional programming that meets the social-emotional and academic needs of upper childhood (grades 6-8).
*This first step will allow us to reach our 10-15 year long-range plan goals of four total transitions: High School (9-12), Junior High (6-8), Elementary (1-5), Early Childhood Center (PK-K).
Based on current growth projections, if the current bond is not passed, WPJH will be out of capacity by 2024-2026.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 2022 BOND, AND HOW MUCH IS IT?
If approved by voters, the proposed 2022 Bond will provide funds for the construction of a new Wills Point Junior High School, transition the current Wills Point Junior High into a new 5th Grade Center, and transition the current Wills Point Middle School into the WPISD Administration Building, housing most district support/auxillary staff and programs, as well as DAEP. This decision will increase capacity at Wills Point High School to house an additional one hundred students. This project will also alleviate three grade levels of traffic through residential neighborhoods and reroute them to State Hwy 80.
The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees called for a $71,965,000 bond to fund these proposed projects.
I’M 65 YEARS OR OLDER. HOW WILL THE 2022 BOND IMPACT MY TAXES?
Taxes for homeowners 65 years and older (with a homestead exemption) are frozen and will not increase above your current exemption ceiling if the 2022 Bond is approved.
DOES THE 65+ EXEMPTION APPLY TO MULTIPLE PROPERTIES?
No, neither the homestead nor the over 65 exemption can be applied to multiple properties other than the principal residence. Texas law requires school districts to offer AN ADDITIONAL $10,000 Residence Homestead Exemption (above the standard $40,000 exemption) to persons age 65 or older or disabled. Texas Tax Code Section 11.13.