Capital Needs Steering Committee meets, begins prioritizing new bond program options

The Capital Needs Steering Committee's fourth meeting

The Capital Needs Steering Committee's fourth meeting

April 3, 2019 – The Capital Needs Steering Committee (CNSC) met for its fourth meeting last night as it helps the Arlington ISD make plans for a future bond program.

Planning for a future bond program has been a long process, including thorough capital needs assessments, community dialogues and the CNSC meetings.

At this point in the process, capital needs have been identified, along with cost estimates, for the areas of facilities, fine arts, transportation, technology and security.

The list of needs is likely too long to fit in one bond package, so the CNSC spent last night’s meeting reviewing the list of options, suggesting priorities, exploring where cuts might be made, and explaining why those cuts could be made.

The next step in the process is to again get feedback from the community. Community dialogues were held in February, and now the district is hosting four more meetings next week now that the bond planning process is further along. Members of the CNSC will assist in leading discussions about the identified capital needs and seek community input on priorities. An online survey will also be open to the community from April 11-21 at www.aisd.net.

The community dialogue meeting schedule is:

TUESDAY, APRIL 9
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Career & Technical Center Seminar Rooms (2101 Browning Dr. Arlington, TX 76010)
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Nichols Junior High Cafeteria (2201 Ascension Blvd. Arlington, TX 76006) 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Young Junior High Cafeteria (3200 Woodside Rd. Arlington, TX 76016) 
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Ousley Junior High Cafeteria (950 S.E. Parkway Arlington, TX 76018) 

The Capital Needs Steering Committee (CNSC) is a volunteer committee comprised of community members and AISD staff charged with evaluating and prioritizing the district’s capital needs, which includes evaluation of buildings, transportation, security, technology and more, through 2025. Through a series of meetings, community dialogues and surveys, the committee is reviewing and analyzing the district’s own capital assessment and listening to the community’s priorities and questions. In June, the committee will report its findings to the AISD Board of Trustees and potentially offer a recommendation for a bond program to fund the priorities.

 

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