One of the main points of pride Dentonites own is their dedication to education. As a college town that boasts two universities and residents who exceed the state average for obtaining bachelor’s degrees, it’s obvious we take our schools seriously. Now it’s time for Denton residents to make the right choice for the children and head to the polls. Yes, that means you. As of this past February, the Denton ISD Bond has been proposed and is up to voters to approve. The Denton ISD Board of Trustees has supported the citizens committee recommendations and has called for a $750 million-dollar bond election. The bond will fund improvements at every school, reaching each grade level to respond to Denton’s rapid growth. According to the Denton Record Chronicle, Denton schools are projected to add over 8000 students within the next 10 years, which means Denton schools need to make room quickly for incoming students. Therefore, the bond will support the addition of two brand new schools, replacements for three schools, and renovations for almost every school in the district. Additionally, there will be new security cameras at every school to make schools even safer for students and staff. There will also be improvements to a laundry list of programs such as fine arts, career and technical education and athletics.
But the best news is that there will not be a tax rate increase resulting from this bond election. “Thanks to continued growth in our area, the taxable assessed values of homes in our district, and our current tax rate structure, we are able to call an election that will have no effect on our total tax rate,” said DISD’s superintendent Dr. Jamie Wilson in an article on empowertexans.com. Early voting is April 23 – May 1, and Election Day is May 5. Locations to vote can be found here. Go support the children of Denton and put your vote in!