Wylie ISD Voters Approve Historic $240 Million Bond
Wylie ISD voters passed Proposition A and C of the proposed 2023 Bond with A passing at 58 percent and C passing at 55 percent, approving a historic $240 million package to address district growth, aging buildings, safety and security, athletics, and technology.
The approved bond package for Proposition A provides funding for:
Wylie High School Expansion and Upgrades
-Add 62 classrooms that will increase student capacity by approximately 1,000 students.
-New classrooms built to accommodate our Career and Technology Education (CTE) classes
-Expand band hall
-New practice gym
-New Agriculture Building
-Additional Turf Field for marching band practice and for all athletic teams utilizing a turf field
-New Tennis Courts with 12 courts and a tennis building
-Baseball and Softball stadium upgrades to include new seating
-New Parking Spaces for the Tennis/Baseball/Softball Complex
New Elementary School
East Intermediate Expansion
Upgrades to Aging Buildings Across the District
Safety and Security
Technology Upgrades Across the District
Proposition C will allow the district to purchase technology devices at each campus district-wide for students and teachers for classroom use.
Proposition B to add a new Community Event Center and Field House located on the high school campus in the north end zone of Hugh Sandifer Stadium, did not pass with 56% against.
The election brought more than 4,800 Wylie voters to the polls.
“It is truly wonderful to see all the support of our Wylie ISD community,” said Superintendent Joey Light. “This bond is the largest by far in Wylie history and addresses several issues we’ve been experiencing for years. I want to thank our Growth and Planning Committee, Board of Trustees, and voters.”
Enrollment in Wylie ISD has increased by more than 1,100 students since the last bond in 2017. Wylie ISD is now one of the largest school districts in the region, with over 5,000 students enrolled. Three portable buildings are being used for overflow at Wylie High School, which is projected to grow to 2,000 students in the next eight years. The passage of Bond 2023 will save the district millions in cost avoidance by limiting portable classrooms to accommodate growth.
The state of Texas doesn’t provide funding for facilities. By law, bond funds may not be used to fund daily operating expenses or salaries. Bond funds may only be used for projects approved by district voters.
“We’ve worked hard to manage funds conservatively, and we will continue to be good stewards for the Wylie ISD community.”
The district will now get to work on the next steps and begin coordinating with architects to conduct a competitive bidding process for each project, as well as finalizing a construction schedule and working with district financial advisors to establish a bond program schedule.
“We’re grateful to our community for all the support they provide to our schools, our students, and staff,” said Light.“It’s Great to be a Wylie Bulldog!”