A $668.8 million bond proposal aimed at modernizing and right-sizing the El Paso Independent School District was approved by voters on November 8, 2016. The Bond will help EPISD create 21st Century Learning Environments throughout the District to help facilitate the modern, future-ready teaching and learning techniques that are the focus of instruction in our schools. The Bond also will consolidate schools into modern facilities that will help create a more sustainable inventory of campuses in EPISD. Other areas of focus for the Bond include investments in athletic facilities, school buses, instructional technology and safety and security measures.
The Bond was the result of a two-year assessment of facilities that began with a study of campuses and included a thorough review of needs from the Facilities Advisory Committee -- a group of 80 community members that vetted the information on facilities needs and ultimately voted to recommend the bond election. The EPISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to take the historic bond proposal to the public.
The Board has committed to completing all Bond projects within five years. The projects will be reviewed by the 20-member Citizens Bond Advisory Committee that will meet frequently on behalf of the public to guarantee transparency and accountability. The public also will have unprecedented overview on the Bond's progress through a series of interactive tools that will show the status of individual projects during construction.
EPISD thanks the community for its support and trust, and invites the public to visit this site frequently to monitor the progress of our modernization plan.
The Austin High School 2016 Bond Project scope of work includes a new performing arts center along with cosmetic and building system upgrades aimed at maintaining the campus’ historic character while creating a more cohesive feel to the new construction.