The Argyle ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved calling a bond election for May 4, 2024 during a Special Meeting on Monday.
Trustees approved the community-led Bond & Growth Planning Committee’s recommendation of a $511,540,000 bond proposal which will be presented to voters in three propositions. The bond election, if approved, will maintain the current tax rate. During this planning process, the BGPC focused on a long-range 10-year bond program as compared to previous bonds that focused on short-term projects.
The bond package addresses instructional space needs for enrollment growth at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, district technology and a baseball/softball complex at Argyle High School with the district’s future shift to two 9-12 high schools.
The BGPC was composed of 50 members including parents, Argyle ISD teachers and high school students, business leaders and community members. The committee had six meetings starting in October 2023 and closely evaluated the district’s enrollment growth, finances, building capacities, facility assessments, bond capacity, capital needs and toured facilities.
- Proposition A includes Middle School #2, Elementary School #6 and increased capacity at Argyle High School in Canyon Falls and Argyle Middle School on Highway 377 (which will transition to a 9-12 high school in the future). This proposition ($482,385,000) also includes capital improvements throughout the district. The proposed middle school would serve grades 6th-8th with a capacity of 1,200. The elementary school would serve PreKindergarten-5th grade with an 850-student capacity.
- Proposition B ($22,655,000) includes the addition of a baseball/softball complex at Argyle High School in Canyon Falls. This was included by the BGPC to align with the district’s future of operating two 9-12 high schools. Currently, AHS plays varsity and sub-varsity games at the facilities at AMS. The middle school served as the district’s first high school until the Canyon Falls campus opened in 2021.
- Proposition C ($6,500,000) includes a technology refresh to sustain a 1:1 student device program for grades 6-12 and addresses growth with the future opening of an elementary in 2024 and middle school in 2025.
The BGPC recommendation was slightly modified prior to approval to adhere to the vision of the 10-Year Strategic Growth Plan, which was adopted in January 2023 by the School Board. Due to many variables in the 10-year future enrollment forecast, a seventh elementary school was removed from the bond proposal. Additionally, projects to increase capacity at the Highway 377 campus were added to pair with the goals of the 10-Year Strategic Growth Plan.
The School Board was first presented the bond recommendation by members of the BGPC at the Jan. 16 regular meeting and the proposal was further discussed at the Jan. 23 Board Workshop. The workshop, which included input from BGPC members, and the regular meeting are both available on Argyle ISD’s YouTube channel.
Early voting for the May 4, 2024, election begins Monday, April 22, and closes on April 30. The last day to register to vote -- or to update your name or address -- is April 4. Election Day is Saturday, May 4.
School officials will provide informational presentations throughout the community during the spring leading to the May 4 election.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a bond presentation for your organization or neighborhood, contact Rick Herrin, Argyle ISD Director of Communications, at 940-464-7241 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Argyle ISD’s last bond election was in 2022 when voters approved a $267,885,000 bond that included three propositions.
Board Revises 10-Year Strategic Growth Plan During Monday’s School Board Special Meeting, the Trustees approved revisions to the current 10-year Strategic Growth Plan.
The two revisions in the plan focus on the guiding parameters. The Board approved revising two parts of the high school configuration. One approved revision is Argyle will remain one high school until AHS approaches Class 6A UIL classification status based on the Fall 2023 demographer report. Class 6A is the state’s largest classification and the AISD community does not desire large graduating classes from feedback received since 2022.
Additionally, the Board approved the revision to align the future high school split with a mid-year UIL realignment, as determined most appropriate for student success.