During the past three months, I’ve met with hundreds of people about the future of our schools. My conversations with parents, teachers, students, community members, business leaders, civic and faith-based groups affirmed for me just how interconnected we are as a community.
Together we have an important decision ahead of us. On November 5, Dumas ISD voters will consider a bond proposal that was recommended by the District’s Facility Advisory Committee. A group of 36 community members who spent more than 820 hours over five months developing a master facility plan that would guide the district on how to address safety and security, aging school facilities, outdated classroom spaces, and energy inefficiencies at our campuses.
Through their work, the Facility Advisory Committee learned that Dumas ISD elementary schools have an average age of 62 years and more than 90 percent of the district’s classrooms were built 50 or more years ago. Classroom sizes are smaller than state square footage standards, critical infrastructure is nearing failure, heating and cooling systems have outlived their traditional life expectancy, and our older buildings struggle to support modern instruction. These challenges led the Dumas ISD Board of Trustees to unanimously call a bond election.
The proposed Bond 2019 includes the construction of three new energy-efficient replacement elementary schools with security features along with storm shelters, a new CTE building to expand our current welding and building trades programs , secure entryways at Dumas Junior High and Dumas High School, renovation and expansion of our Band and Choir building at the High School, kitchen remodels at Dumas HS & JH, and projects to address energy efficiency such as a district-wide energy management system, HVAC replacements and LED lighting replacements at all our facilities.
It has been 11 years since the last Dumas ISD Bond. If voters approve the Bond 2019 on November 5, the financial impact to taxpayers will be $27 per month on the average home valued at $94,000. Citizens that are 65 years of age and older would not be impacted on their home if they have filed for and received a homestead exemption with the state of Texas. Their current ISD homestead taxes are frozen at that set amount.
Early voting begins next week and runs October 21 – November 1 at three locations (Moore County Clerk’s Office, Cactus City Hall, and First Street Annex). Saturday voting is available on October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Moore County Clerk’s Office.
I encourage you to be engaged in this decision. A comprehensive website with access to all the information and reports the Facility Advisory Committee studied is available through our district website as well as detailed Bond information, videos, a PowerPoint presentation, and handouts in English and Spanish. Take time to review this information and get to know the proposal.
Superintendent Dumas ISD