Board Calls Bond Election

Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees Calls $113 million Bond
Posted on 02/04/2021
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Learn more about the Jarrell ISD 2021 Bond.

The Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Feb. 3 to call for a $113,370,000 million bond election to be held on May 1. If approved by voters, this bond will not increase the school district tax rate.

This decision was made following recommendations developed by a Facilities Planning Committee made up of parents, community members, business owners and staff.

The bond proposal will appear on the ballot as two separate propositions.

Proposition A, totaling $111,625,000, would allow for:

  • Construction of a new elementary school
  • Expansion of both the middle school and high school
  • Expansion of the district transportation facility
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades
  • Safety and security, including security cameras, access control and exterior lighting throughout the district
  • Buses
  • Land for future school sites and design for future facilities
  • Athletic improvements at the high school to include baseball and softball turf, covered batting cages, tennis court lighting, and 4 additional tennis courts
  • Renovations to preserve the 1916 historic building for district use, such as teacher training, professional development, community education, and community meeting space

Proposition B, in the amount of $1,745,000, would allow for expansion and improvements to the stadium that would include:

  • Additional visitor seating (995 seats)
  • Added visitor restrooms
  • Sidewalks for access to seating and restrooms
  • Improvements for accessibility and ADA compliance

Based on the latest demographic projections from Templeton Demographics, the district is expected to grow by nearly 400 students before the start of next school year and an additional 500 students the following Fall. Due to this rapid growth, Igo Elementary is expected to be over capacity next school year and Jarrell Elementary in the 2022-23 school year. In the next five years, Jarrell ISD is projected to exceed 4,500 students.

The Facilities Planning Committee used this demographic data, along with a variety of other relevant information, like school capacities, aging conditions, district finances and bonding capacity to develop their recommended bond package. The total of both propositions is $113,370,000 and, if approved, would not result in a tax rate increase. This is possible due to the rapid growth in the community, paying off previous bonds early, and refinancing for better interest rates.

Due to a new state law, all school district bond propositions throughout the state will include the following text: “This is a property tax increase” even if there is no expected increase to the school district tax rate.

Registered voters in the district will have the opportunity to vote on the bond propositions during early voting, April 19-27, or on Election Day, Saturday, May 1. For residents new to Jarrell, the last day to register to vote for this election is Thursday, April 1. For more information about voting, visit the Williamson County Election webpage at

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming informational bond presentations to learn more about the bond.

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