Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will this impact my taxes?

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    If passed, this proposal will not raise your school property taxes. This is possible because of several factors.  First, new homes in our district are priced considerably higher than in past years providing us with higher property values.  And, thanks to Wylie ISD’s history of sound financial management and fiscal responsibility, we have one of the highest credit ratings of any educational organization.  These factors, combined with the strong bond market, has allowed us to refinance current bonds and pass that saving directly on to you, the taxpayer.

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  • Does this bond address a long term solution to accommodating elementary enrollment for Dual Language

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    Yes. Our current campuses that support dual language are Cox, Watkins, *Smith, and Hartman Elementary. Watkins Elementary attendance zone is quickly reaching their capacity limit.
     
    Our long term goal is to provide an east and west side elementary solution for Dual Language. Our long term solution for an east side campus will be Cox Elementary. Our proposed west side (west of Hwy. 78) solution is to include additional square footage at the new elementary campus that will accommodate 200 more students than a traditional Wylie elementary campus. This will provide a long term solution for dual language and avoid the current issue of moving the campus each time attendance boundary limits.
     
    *DL at Smith is being phased out due to attendance zone enrollment.
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  • Why does so much of the renovations and additions budget focus on Wylie High School?

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    Wylie High School is a beautiful and well maintained campus approaching its 20th year of use. That’s years of use by tens of thousands of students. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, as well as major roofing and flooring overhauls, are needed to maintain its useful function. The proposal includes kitchen expansion and a much needed overhaul of the well-used lighting, sound, and other systems in the WHS auditorium that have become outdated and unreliable. Our goal is to provide functional equity between all campuses. This means core functions of every building should be on par with each other.
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  • Does this bond include computer purchases?

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    The Wylie ISD Board of Trustees set specific standards regarding what could and couldn’t be purchased from bond funds. Only items with a useful life of more than 10 years will be considered for a proposal. Therefore, computers are not included in this bond proposal. We are focusing on the infrastructure that will allow us to grow and adopt technology as we need it.
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  • I see buses are on the list. Do we really need them?

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    We do. For the past few years we have purchased three buses each year from our operating fund. Unfortunately this has not allowed us to keep up with the aging fleet. Currently, 28 of our 100 school buses are more than 10 years old. And buses, like facilities, are effected by our student growth. The additional elementary school will require new routes. While we are including the cost of new buses in this proposal, they will be purchased using short-term bonds minimizing our debt.
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  • Why add onto campus capacity instead of building a new intermediate/junior high? A 3rd High School?

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    Adding onto each intermediate and junior high will save the taxpayer approximately $25,000,000 in construction costs and millions in annual operating costs. Our newer campuses were designed and built to be expanded.
     
    Parents have expressed that they wish to remain in current feeder patterns and not be “rezoned.” Adding onto these campuses will drastically reduce changes in attendance zone boundaries now and in the future.
     
    This also applies to the idea of a third high school. While the cost and rezoning associated with a new high school are challenging enough, based on our long-range growth predictions we will not need a third high school.
    The land was purchased while Wylie ISD was in a time of extreme growth but we now have a much clearer view of what enrollment will do over the next 15-20 years.
     
    Finally, this proposal allows for older campuses like Harrison and Burnett to undergo major renovations that will enhance the exterior appearance along with the overall functionality of the buildings.
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  • How can I be sure funds from this bond will be used in the manner described in the proposal?

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    This proposal lists clearly and specifically how funds will be spent. Any “general funding” items have been removed. To see how we utilized the previous bond fund, you can review our Bond 2012 information.
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  • Has land been purchased for a new elementary school? When will it be constructed?

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    No, land has not been purchased for the site of a new elementary campus. The decision to place a new elementary campus is based on demographic growth within our district boundaries.
     
    We will begin construction on a new elementary when all campuses reach 90% capacity with a greater potential for new home construction which exceeds our current elementary capacities.
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  • Where can I receive additional information?

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    A complete listing of the bond proposal including items to be included and approximate costs can be found on our website: www.wylieisd.net. Click on the 2014 Bond Proposal icon. This includes a short video explanation of the bond and other graphical breakdown of what is included.
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  • What if I have more questions?

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    We welcome your questions and would be happy to speak with you and/or your group. Please contact Ian Halperin, Executive Director of Communications/Community Relations via the email link or by phone at 972-429-3019.
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