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1999 - $30 Million Bond Passed
Remodeling and additions to Southwest High School, including the Fine Arts Auditorium, Black Box Theatre, drama and costume rooms, band, mariachi, and vocal practice halls.
 
High School remodeling also included the cafeteria expansion to two serving areas, enlarged library, journalism department, and practice gymnasium.
 
20 Math and Science classrooms and upgrades to technology in all areas were also made.
These additions were dedicated in December of 2003.
 
Awards
San Antonio Institute of American Architects 2004 Award, Exemplary Design for Liveable Communities to Michelle Dudley of Pfluger Associates, Architects
 
Joeris named General Contractor of the Year 2004 by American Subcontractors Association, Project over $10 million
 
Helen Keaton of Joeris named 2004 Outstanding Project Manager by American Subcontractors Association
 
Shadrock & Williams named Golden Trowel Award, Honorable Mention for Masonry Contractors
2001 - $27 Million Bond Passed
Replacement or additions at Southwest Elementary (Opened 2004), Sun Valley Elementary (Opened 2005), Sky Harbour Elementary (Opened 2006), Indian Creek Elementary (Opened 2005) and Technology Infrastructure updates throughout the district.
 
Bond Projects
Allowed computer placement in all campuses so that all segments of the districts will have equal access to computer learning.
Cost: $1.23 million
 
New Southwest Elementary opened in August 2004 for apes Pre-K4 through 5th grade. With room for 800 students, the approximately 82,000 square foot, fully air-conditioned school features networked classrooms with secure keyless entry, computer labs, science labs, music and art rooms, gymnasium, library, staff reference room, security entry doors, large cafetorium, teacher workroom and nurse's room.
Cost: $8 million
 
New Sun Valley Elementary opened in August 2005 at the same locations for ages Kinder through 5th grade. With room for 800 students, the approximately 82,000 square foot, fully air-conditioned school features networked classrooms with secure keyless entry, computer labs, science labs, music and art rooms, gymnasium, library, staff reference room, security entry doors, large cafetorium, teacher workroom and nurse's room.
Cost: $9 million
 
OZAB Grant for reroofing, asbestos abatement and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning upgrades at the High School, McAuliffe, McNair, Southwest Enrichment Center, Bob Hope, Hidden Cove, and Big Country completed in 2006.
Cost: $8 million
 
Indian Creek Elementary opened a new wing totaling approximately 9,000 square feet, in the fall of 2005. It included two science labs, computer lab, and four classrooms. A canopy separates the new parent drop-off and the bus loop route to lessen traffic congestion. Fenced playing fields and a new covered walkway to the gym ensures safety and definition for outdoor activities.
Cost: $1.5 million
 
Sky Harbour Elementary opened in the Fall of 2006 for ages Kinder through 5th grade, completely rebuilt except for foundation and outer walls. With a multilevel design and room for 800 students, the fully air-conditioned school features networked classrooms with secure keyless entry, computer labs, science labs, music and art rooms, gymnasium, library, staff reference room, security entry doors, large cafetorium, teacher workroom and nurse's room.
Cost: $9 million
2006 - $62 Million Bond Passed
New Middle School, new elementary, 2 new elementary additions, technology improvements, land for new schools, and buses.
 
Bond Project Breakdown
New Middle School (McNair Middle School) - $32.1 million
New Elementary School (Spicewood Park Elementary) - $13.9 million
2 Elementary Additions (Elm Creek & Kriewald Rd Elementary) - $8 million
District-Wide Technology Improvements - $3 million
Land for New Schools - $2 million
Buses - $0.5 million
Contingency - $2.5 million
 
Bond Effect on Taxes
On February 21, 2006, the Board of Trustees approved selling bonds ONLY if Instructional Facilities Allotment money is available. If available, patrons will repay 20% of the amount borrowed and the state will pay 80% of the cost of builiding.
Tax Rate for 2006 increased about 7 cents.
Tax Rate for 2007 increased about 5 cents.
 
Year/Home Value/Tax Increase
2006 /$50,000/ $2.92/mo. $35/year
2007 /$50,000/ $2.08/mo. $25/year
 
Two Year Total - $5/mo. $60/yr
2006 /$100,000/ $5.83/mo. $70/year
2007 /$100,000/ $4.17/mo. $50/year
 
Two Year Total - $10/mo. $120/yr
For Senior Citizen taxpayers receiving the over-65 exemption, school taxes are frozen on the home and will not increase.
2008 - $22 Million Bond Passed
Provided additional space for exisiting high school due to growth, new elementary school, Bob Hope Additions/Renovations
 
Bond Project Breakdown
New Elementary School (Medio Creek Elementary) - $15.0 million
9th Grade Annex Renovation - $3.5 million
Bob Hope Additions/Renovations - $3.5 million
 
Bond Effect on Taxes
On February 19, 2008, the Board of Trustees approved selling bonds ONLY if Instructional Facilities Allotment money is available. If available, patrons will repay 33% of the amount borrowed and the state will pay 67% of the cost of builiding.
Tax Rate for 2008 increased about 3 cents.
 
Home Value/Tax Increase
$50,000/ $1.25/mo. $15/year
$100,000/ $2.50/mo. $30/year
For Senior Citizen taxpayers receiving the over-65 exemption, school taxes are frozen on the home and will not increase.
Capacity Projects
New High School & Middle School Campus - 116.4 Million
Technology Center Expanision - 0.7 Million
Buses - 3.1 Million
Technology - 10.0 Million

Equity Projects
Southwest High School Renovations - 11.3 Million
McAuliffe Middle School Additions & Renovations - 10.3 Million
Big Country Elementary Renovations - 4.3 Million
Indian Creek Elementary Renovations - 5.2 Million

Maintenance Projects
Main Campus Roads - 1.8 Million
Elm Creek Utilities - 0.8 Million
9th Grade Roof - 1.1 Million

Total Bond Package - 165.0 Million
The Project Breakdown
New 2500 student High School (Southwest Legacy) to provide for growth. 
New 1200 student Middle School (Judith Resnik) to provide for growth.

Southwest High School
Renovations to original 1982 building
Accessibility improvements 
Electrical and Technology improvements     

McAuliffe Middle School
Addition of Science Laboratories 
Renovation of Administration Area
Accessibility improvements
Renovations to parking lot
Renovations to roof
Renovations to existing classrooms

Big Country Elementary
Provide Science Laboratories
Renovation to Administration Area
Replacement of A/C units
Parking lot renovations
Renovation to existing classrooms
Gym renovations    

Indian Creek Elementary
Renovations to Administration area
Replacement of A/C units
Roof renovations
Gym renovations
Renovations to existing classrooms
 
Elm Creek Elementary
Renovation to Elm Creek Sewer
Enlarge Parking at Elm Creek
Paint Interior and exterior of standpipe
 
Main Campus 
Renovation to existing Roads at Main Campus
Renovations to roof at 9th grade campus
 
Technology Building
Enlarge technology server room 
Upgrade electrical
 
Technology
Hardware District Wide
Infrastructure District Wide
 
Buses
Buses to maintain the fleet

The Timeline
January - May - Meet w/ Growth & Planning Committee
May 15 - Board Orders Bond Election
November 6 - Bond Election
January-May 2013 - Sell first series of bonds
January-May 2014 - Start Construction

The Growth
Region 20 Demographic Trends Presentation
The Q & A
1. Why did the District spend money on items like the fence art and arches instead of more books for the classroom? 
The Spirit Initiative was designed to encourage students to identify and be proud of each school they attend. Research has shown that students that belong to and are involved in their school are more successful. 
 
2. Is the technology money already planned for and are we keeping up with the latest technology? 
Technology is changing at a very fast rate and the District has integrated standard computers and laptops into everyday classroom experiences at this time. The District is currently piloting iPad class sets in one 3rd grade and one 4th grade class in each of the elementary schools. By the end of this school year, every teacher will have an iPad. The District will continue to monitor the improvements in technology and utilize the best forms available at the time to ensure that we meet the Vision 2015 goal. 
 
3.What has been the fiscal responsibility of the District in regards to student learning? 
The District in the last year has invested highly in a standardized curriculum that will be utilized in all campuses K-12. This new rigorous curriculum will be implemented over the next 3-4 years to ensure that students are career and college ready by the time they graduate. The District is also investing in leadership training for our students that will teach them responsibility and skills to be successful not only in academics, but in life. 
 
4. Where are all the new students coming from? 
There are currently houses being built in 8 subdivisions (Carmona Hills, Solana Ridge, Hillcrest, Wolf Creek, Amber Creek, Luckey Ranch, Hunters Pond) in the District. There is also the potential that homes that were built and occupied in earlier years are just now having children that are reaching school age. Based upon a demographic study by Bob Templeton, of Templeton Demographics, SWISD is the 4th fastest growing District in Bexar County. Please see the demographic study on the Bond Website. 
 
5. How will the District monitor technology use in the classroom and will students still learn to write? 
Technology use is no different than the use of a book in the classroom, the goal of each teacher is SWISD is to ensure that the students in their class are engaged in a way that they can learn. The District is placing an emphasis on writing and is implementing a highly successful writing program called Abydos to ensure that students learn to write well. 
 
6. When will the District need to have another bond? 
Based upon a growth rate of 2.3% the District will not need another bond for 8 to 10 years. This is when we believe that our elementary schools will start to reach capacity and some will be using portable buildings in the last few years. This will require the change of attendance zones, which we look at every three years. 
 
7. Will the presentation be available in Spanish? 
Yes, the final community meeting will be presented in both Spanish and English. If you would like additional information in Spanish, you can call 622-4330 and leave a message and someone will contact you. 
 
8. Is there a plan to expand the Scobee parking lot? 
There is currently not a plan to expand the Scobee parking lot due to the lack of space on the site, but we will look at the situation and see what can be done. 
 
9. What are the plans for parking at BCE? 
Big Country is also very limited in space, but we would like to work with the County and see about placing pick-up lanes on Skull Valley to relieve some of the pick up traffic in the afternoon. 
 
10. If the Bond fails, what is Plan B for science labs at BCE? 
The District could use fund balance to renovate one of the portables for science labs. 
 
11. Will we be able to fix the sewer system at McAuliffe? 
The District installed some check valves on the sewer late last year and this should help. If there continues to be a problem, we will continue to work on this and if need be address it in the bond projects. 
 
12. How will faculty be included in the additions/modifications planning to McAuliffe? 
The District will receive input from campus administration and staff on any renovation project. 
 
13. Will all of the bonds be sold at the same time? 
The Bonds will be sold in three series in 2013, 2015, and 2017, based upon the needed funding of the projects. 
 
14. When will the new schools open? 
The new middle school will open in Fall 2016 and the new high school will open Fall 2017. 
 
15. Which roads will be repaired? 
The roads that are within campuses owned by the District will be considered for repair. 
 
16. Can the early voting site stay open on a Saturday or later? 
The sites and times for voting have been approved by the Justice Department and cannot be changed at this time. 
 
17. When will maintenance projects start? 
Maintenance projects may start as early as the summer of 2013, depending on funding and if the planning and bidding process can be completed in time. 
 
18. Will any of the funds be used to help with the flooding and update the restrooms at the Stadium? 
There are no plans within the bond to expend funds on the stadium. 
Community Bond Meeting & Presentation - Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.
Southwest High School Auditorium & Southwest Legacy Cafeteria
 
Bond Early Voting Dates and Locations: October 22 - November 2
Site: District Central Office Building
Times are as follows;
October 22 - October 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 27 from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. 
October 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
October 29 - November 2 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Bond Election Day and Location: November 6, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Sites: District Central Office Building, Big Country Elementary,Bob Hope Elementary, Sky Harbour Elementary, Spicewood Elementary.
2018 Bond Proposal
 
Campus Renovations
Southwest High School
Next phase of interior renovations, to enhance career programs and teaching spaces comparable to SW Legacy HS
Renovations will include:
    Fine Arts Choir Hall reconfiguration
    MEP –Chiller and RTU Upgrades
    Cyberpatriot & Criminal Justice reconfiguration
    Addition of collaborative spaces throughout the campus
    Safety Upgrades
 
Scobee Middle School
Date of Construction – 1999
Campus-wide renovations
    HVAC Chillers and RTU Replacement
    Additional Serving Line at Cafeteria
    Interior Finishes Renovation (Ceilings, Floors, Paint)
    (Comparable to McAuliffe MS Renovation)
    Band Hall / Choir Hall Upgrades
    Interior Lighting Replacement
    Exterior Lighting Replacement
 
Department Needs
Transportation Renovation
Upgrade Fueling Station
New Bus Wash Station
Interior Finish Renovations
 
Transportation Department
School Bus replacement 
95 Passenger Buses
16 Air Condition
28 Special Needs with Air Condition
123 Total Buses
57 Buses are over aged between the age of 1996-2006. The standard for age is around 12 years for a bus to be considered over aged.
 
Technology Department
Supplemental / replacement devices, along with infrastructure upgrades
 
Maintenance & Improvements
HVAC at Elementary School Gymnasiums
Provide air conditioning at eleven elementary gyms: BCE, BHE, ECE, HCE, ICE, KRE, MCE, SHE, SWE, SPE, SVE - $8.6M
 
Roof System and HVAC Equipment Replacement
Install new roof and replace aging roof-top mechanical equipment at four campuses: ECE, ICE, KRE, McAuliffe MS - $8.0M
 
All-weather Track Surfacing
Provide four-lane all-weather track surface at each middle school: McAuliffe, McNair, Resnik, Scobee
 
Natatorium
Currently there are 23 City/County/ETJ swimming pools accessible North of Hwy. 90 and only 4 swimming pools South of Hwy. 90. A significant portion of our community are non-swimmers especially school aged children and SWISD would support efforts to train and encourage water safety programs.
In addition the City of San Antonio has allocated $4M of their Bond Funds to contribute to the construction of this Natatorium.
The proposed site will be on the 9,777 acres owned by SWISD adjacent to McAuliffe MS, with the proposed facility having 35,000 square feet of building area. The Natatorium's foremost purpose will be to service the students of SWISD but could be accessible to public and adjacent ISDs.
 
Tax Implications
Due to the increased Industry belt enhancements that cut through the middle of our school district including businesses such as North Park Toyota, Toyota Manufacturing, Maruchan Noodle, Union Pacific Model, and Schlumberger Oil, our property values continue to rise and thus our state contributions will continue to decline.
Implications for Taxpayers are as follows:
Property tax rates in 2017 and 2018 were;
$1.473 per 100 value.
If voters approve the 2018, $75 M Bond, the new tax rate will 
be  $1.473 per 100  value.