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Crosby ISD delays bond to buy land

CROSBY – The local school board is delaying the details of calling for a new school bond package to handle details of acquiring land.

Details on the expanse of land commissioned by the board of trustees for purchase have yet to be worked out prior to 72 hours before the board meeting on February 18. These details must be in place before the Order Calling for a Bond Election and the necessary actions can be taken to call for the public to vote on the measure.

Representatives of parties for sale of the property were in attendance at the board meeting and were called by the Superintendent into executive session.

Dr. Moore had called for a 23¢ per $100 valuation bond from the board in two possible phases. The single year increase on the average dwelling at fair market value of $107,247 is evaluated at $92,245 after exemptions and the increase would then be $212.16 for the first year of phases one.

With that money a new high school would be built on the land to be purchased. The current high school would become the new Middle School with modifications. A new agriculture barn would be constructed as would a new JROTC building. New tennis courts would be built and as would a stacking drive for parents picking up kids at Newport Elementary. There are 5170 students in Crosby ISD now at a district evaluated capacity of 5203.

Final details and amounts of the bond are expected to be completed before February 28, according to Superintendent Dr. Keith Moore.

The board reviewed contracts with law enforcement and agreed to extension of contracts.

“The district showed some positive signs on the 2012 STAAR Test results. There are areas we are working on but overall our schools are competing well against the rest of the State. In our State’s Efficiency we are about eight or nine months behind but we are excited after monitoring our bench mark data that we are going to have a good 2013 season. We are where we need to be to make our 2013 goals,” said Moore.