2008 Bond Issue FAQ

Highland Park ISD, founded in 1914, has many historical school houses that have served the students and community for decades. The district’s philosophy is to preserve and maintain its facilities, many of which date back more than 80 years.

What did the bond include?

The 2008 bond campaign funded renovations and improvements at every campus across the district. Major improvements include: 

        •   The replacement of portable buildings with classrooms in main buildings
        •   Cafeteria expansion at all elementary schools
        •   Maintenance and/or replacement of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, roofing, plumbing and electrical systems
        •   Safety improvements, including renovations at all campuses to ensure secure check-in areas at all main entrances
        •   Technology upgrades, including improvements to network infrastructure, data storage & disaster recovery system
        •   Improvements to two practice fields, construction of parking lot
        •   Purchase of land behind HPHS parking garage

Click HERE for more detailed construction updates by campus. 

Were there any other upgrades or improvements completed?

Thanks to favorable interest rates and construction market conditions, surplus bond dollars were used to fund additional upgrades and projects, including:

        •   The construction of the Multi-Purpose Activities Center, an indoor practice facility at HPHS, which can be used for other functions. The facility, which cost $4.47 million, was also funded by the HP Sports Club, which generously contributed $1 million.
        •   Improvements to the HPHS TV studio
        •   Renovation of the HPHS competition gym
        •   Improvements to the MIS/HPMS outdoor track
        •   Expansion of space for future classrooms at MIS/HPMS
        •   Replacement of old doors with new doors with security windows and locks
        •   The district is planning to replace the portable building which has housed the Curriculum & Instruction Department for many years. In October, the C&I staff moved into the Administration Building offices previously occupied by the Business Department. Once the portable building is removed, the Maintenance Facility, which is located next door to the Administration Building, will be expanded to provide office space for the Business Department. For the time being, the Business Department has moved offices to the portable buildings at HPMS.

The school community is grateful to HPISD voters for overwhelmingly approving the $75.4 million school bond issue May 10, 2008, with 91.15 percent backing the proposition. The construction projects have made a tremendous difference.

Who put together the 2008 bond referendum?

The successful bond issue would not have been possible without the support of many volunteers.  The Facilities Committee laid the groundwork for a bond issue by touring the campuses and studying the details of each building’s maintenance history and projected needs. They also spent considerable time holding public forums and listening to feedback from parents and other taxpayers. In the end, they brought their recommendations to the school board. 

The Community Bond Committee then put together a campaign supporting the bond issue, which led to increased voter awareness and turnout. A special thanks to the members of the two committees:

Facilities Committee

         •   Joel Williams, chair                                         •   Michael Lewis
         •   Margie Bankhead                                         •   Mike Maberry 
         •   Michelle Cox
                                        •   Chris Popolo
         •   Layne Deutscher                                         •   Randy Reid
         •   Tanya Foster                                         •   Jim Roberts
         •   Bill Goodwin                                         •   Paul Rowsey
         •   Judy Hinson                                         •   Brad Schwall
         •   Jim Hitzelberger                                         •   Jon Skidmore
         •   Margaret Keliher                                         •   Lisa Stewart
         •   Olin Lane                                         •   Bobby Womble

Community Bond Committee
         •   Roy Coffee, honorary chair                                         •   Margo Goodwin, co-chair
         •   Jack Hammack, honorary chair                                         •   Connie O’Neill, co-chair
         •   Cordelia Boone, co-chair                                         •   Tom Youngblood, treasurer

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