Voters should say yes to the $56 million bond issue proposed by the Dickinson Independent School District.
The district is the fastest growing public school system in the county. It simply needs more space for students.
Enrollment has grown by about 65 percent in the past 10 years. By next year, enrollment is expected to top 10,000.
Since the district’s last bond issue in 2007, enrollment has grown by about 2,250.
The school district is proposing to build an elementary and a middle school on the same site — called an education village. The schools would be built on the Louis G. Lobit school site on FM 517 between Calder and Cemetery roads.
The shared site allows for sharing some resources — for example, a cafeteria, library and some offices — which is a way to reduce costs.
If voters say yes, the district’s tax rate will increase 3 cents, from $1.54 per $100 of assessed value to $1.57.
The debt would be paid off in 30 years.
One of the common misconceptions about the Dickinson school district is that it’s limited to Dickinson’s city limits. If you’re looking for rough landmarks, think of Tuscan Lakes in the state Highway 96 area of League City south to Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. Think of Bacliff and San Leon on Galveston Bay west to the Bay Colony and Calder Road areas.
If you know the area, you can picture the growth. You can see the children coming to school.
So can school officials. They see the home starts in the area around Bay Colony and Calder Road elementary schools and are trying to prepare for the growth.
Good school districts plan for growth. That’s a far better scenario than trying to react to problems with crowding.
This is a good plan that deserves support.