College Station ISD's $135.9 million Bond Proposition Passes
On Tuesday, November 3rd, voters passed College Station ISD's bond proposal with 72% in favor. VLK Architects has had a 20 year relationship with College Station ISD and has designed notable projects such as the campus-wide renovations and additions to A&M Consolidated High School, Cypress Grove Intermediate School, Forest Ridge Elementary, the New Purchasing Warehouse, the Center for Alternative Learning, and this fall 2015 opened the new Spring Creek Elementary.
'Our relationship with College Station ISD is based on meeting the expectations of the community and district in the services and buildings we provide in support of the district's educational mission,' said VLK Principal of Creative, Ken Hutchens. 'We greatly appreciate the district and community's trust in our work and see the continued success of CSISD in its bond measure as one indicator of doing things right for this district.'
To get to the bond election, VLK reviewed facilities assessments, assisted with programming for new projects, and worked on project budgets. A panel of 25 community members, five district administrators, two teachers, and two school board members met five times in the spring of 2015 to identify the capital needs of CSISD. After studying the district's enrollment history and projections, student demographic trends, and the growth of the City of College Station, the committee concluded the following projects were of the highest priority: Intermediate School No. 3, Middle School No. 3, Elementary School No. 10, Renovations to Current Intermediate and Middle Campuses, Buses, Technology, Deferred Maintenance, and Land Acquisition.
"The planning that went behind this bond package was a joy to be a part of. VLK did a great job with our 'Planning for Growth' Committee and helped us to develop the concepts and the cost estimates we needed to make the ultimate recommendation for what would be included in the 2015 Bond Package,' said Jon Hall, Executive Director of Facilities, College Station ISD. 'We are very grateful to be part of a community that shows its support for education on Election Day."