People in the Bridge City school district will vote on May 4 for a proposed $46.1 million bond issue. The school board Thursday night unanimously approved the election.
The main project is to build a new middle school. Also, classrooms and other additions, including security, will be added at the elementary and intermediate schools. In addition, the bonds will pay for construction of a Career Technology Education Center at the high school.
Superintendent Todd Lintzen said the school board appointed a citizens advisory committee in October to study the schools and needs. Before the committee, the school district had a demographic study about growth and projections for the future.
Lintzen said the study was done before word came about the possibility of a new $5 billion Chevron-Phillips plant being constructed. Orange County is a finalist for the new plant, which if approved, will be half in the Bridge City district and half in the West Orange-Cove school district.
Statistics show that the average value of a house in the Bridge City district is $146,353. Using that calculation, the averagetax payer would pay $327.55 a year more to pay for the bonds, or about $29.30 a month.