Voters in the Royse City Independent School District will cast ballots in May to determine the fate of an $863 million bond proposal to pay for multiple new campuses, including a new high school and middle school and three new elementaries.
The Royse City ISD school board last week unanimously approved staging a May 6 bond referendum to address current and future enrollment growth.
A Royse City ISD bond steering committee designed an $863 million package under two propositions. If approved, the total will be funded through property value growth within the district and with a zero tax rate increase, according to RCISD.
Proposition A covers 98.5% of the proposed package and would include a second high school, located on FM 552 in Fate; the David and Shirley Magness Middle School located near FM 35 just south of Interstate 30; three elementary schools; an early childhood center; renovations and expansions to Royse City High School that will include fine arts, the Royce Swiney facility and turf fields for student use; a new Epps Education Service Center; a transportation center; a distribution center, security improvements; technology infrastructure and fixtures; and land for future district sites.
Proposition B would include 1.5% of the total proposed package and, if approved by voters, would pay for a home locker room for the second high school at RCISD Stadium along with additional restrooms and parking at the stadium. It also would include an additional stadium exit and and entrance and a visitor side bleacher expansion.
Opportunities for public presentations and detailed information will be offered by Royse City ISD and Superintendent Kevin Worthy in the coming weeks, according to the district.
Also in May, RCISD will have an election for seats on the school board. The filing period for candidates to begin declaring for the elections was scheduled to begin Wednesday, and run through Feb. 17.
Early voting for the election is scheduled April 24-28.
Voters can already filed for a ballot-by-by mail and the deadline to register to vote will be April 6.