Did HISD raise taxes to pay for the 2007 Bond?
No. A projected increase in property values within the district is expected to generate enough revenue to pay for bonds without raising taxes.
Is HISD contracting with minority- and women-owned businesses to do work under the 2007 bond?
HISD set goals for 20 percent MWBE participation for construction, and 25 percent for professional services. The district has surpassed both of these goals. HISD's overall MWBE commitment, based on the total of what has been awarded as of March 2012, is 32 percent.
How do I find out about the status of work at a particular school?
Log onto www.hisdprojects.com to track the progress of bond construction projects at schools across the district.
Why hasn't work started for some of the projects included in the 2007 Bond?
The 2007 Bond has four separate phases that were planned over several years. Projects under phase 4 are set to begin this year.
How has HISD been able to complete work on some construction projects that were not part of the original 2007 Bond?
HISD is exceeding expectations. More than 50 schools have or will receive renovations, repairs, expansions, and/or additional improvements beyond what was originally planned for in the 2007 Bond. These projects are made possible from trustee allocations and other program realignments.
Is the 2007 bond construction program on schedule and on budget?
Yes. HISD is keeping its promises. Work is being completed on time and on budget.
How has HISD addressed safety and security needs in the 2007 Bond?
As part of the 2007 Bond, more than 8,700 additional campus security cameras have already been installed and, to date, new fencing has been added at 92 schools. In addition, as part of ongoing renovations, bond funds will continue to pay for new locks, fire and security alarms, emergency and exit lighting, and sidewalk repairs.
Is HISD building environmentally sustainable schools?
Yes. Each new and expanded school is a "green" school, built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Key features in LEED schools include the installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures, energy efficient systems and controls, improved air quality, and use of natural light.
Is there a Bond Oversight Committee?
Yes. The Bond Oversight Committee monitors bond-funded construction projects in order to ensure that work is being completed in accordance with the bond program approved by the voters.