The Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to propose a bond issue for $448.5 million at its regular board meeting on August 15, 2017. Bond 2017 addresses continuing growth and improvements to existing facilities. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
SISD continues to grow at an accelerated rate. During the previous two years alone, the district enrolled over 1,400 new students and we are on pace to add another 700 this year.
As the district has grown and evolved, Team SISD has maintained pace with increases in enrollment through the opening of new schools and redistribution of students through boundary adjustments and the overflow process. In 2016, we initiated an in-depth boundary study and made adjustments designed to maximize the use of existing facilities.
While our efforts have helped balance enrollment and ensure the vitality of our existing schools, SISD schools are at 104 percent classroom capacity districtwide. With continued growth, SISD schools will be at 112 percent capacity by 2027.
At the same time, SISD schools and facilities in the established areas of the district have matured, are no longer conducive to 21st century collaborative learning, and have not kept up with the expansion of the district.
To form Bond 2017, a 30 member Facilities Advisory Committee representing a diverse group of stakeholders met over the summer of 2017 to review district demographics and the current state of existing facilities. The committee recommended that the Board pursue a bond election to address growth and invest in existing facilities to ensure equitable learning environments and opportunities for students across the district.
Please take a moment to learn more about Bond 2017 through this website.
José Espinoza, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools