Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a school bond?

A. A school bond, sometimes called a municipal bond, is a document that obligates a school district to repay borrowed money on a given maturity date and to pay interest semi-annually at a rate set at the date of sale to the bondholder. A bond authorization is used as needed for the items listed in a proposed bond plan.

Q. Why are we having a bond election now?

A. The Board of Trustees unanimously called a bond referendum for Saturday, May 10, 2008, to allow district officials to respond appropriately to a rapidly growing student population. Additionally, the Board of Trustees took under consideration recent changes in academic requirements, protection of investments made in previous capital improvement programs and future growth projections. The Klein ISD student enrollment has increased by over 14,000 students since 1991. Over the next ten years, the demographers project that KISD is expected to grow by 13,700 to 17,600 students.

Q. What areas of the school district have the greatest potential for growth?

A. The greatest potential for growth continues to be expected along and north of Louetta Road from SH 249 almost to I-45.

Q. How many new homes have been occupied in the past three (3) years?

A. Approximately 2,395 in 2005; 3,848 in 2006; and 3,071 in 2007.

Q. What is the impact of growth on the KISD?

A. Housing growth impacts the number of students attending KISD schools. Student growth impacts schools, facilities, buses, technology, furniture, staffing, and safety and security systems. A bond package is being presented to voters for an election on May 10 to address these items and to relieve overcrowding created by a growing student population.

Q. What is program capacity?

A. Program capacity is the number of students that each facility can comfortably serve with the current programs that are offered. The current district program capacity is 44,770. The 2006 Bond Steering Committee studied the PASA demographic report and compared each school’s program capacity to the projected enrollment for each year to determine the number of new schools recommended to be built during this bond.

Q. How will the bond address capacity?

A. Capacity issues can be addressed by building new schools and building new additions to existing schools. The 2008 Bond Plan will address capacity by building three elementary schools, one Early Learning Pre-K Center, two intermediate schools, one high school, and adding a classroom addition to both Klein Oak and Klein Collins high schools. The chart below shows that capacity will be addressed with these bond funds.
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Q. How was the 2008 Bond Plan developed?

A. In August 2007, a Bond Steering Committee was formed to study current/future needs and to make data-driven decisions about a long range facility plan. This committee consisted of an invited group of 111 parents, students, community members, business leaders and school employees who met regularly to review:

1. A ten-year demographic study provided by external consultants, Population and Survey Analysts
2. An updated version of the Findings and Directions from the 2004 Bond Study that provides guidelines for the development of a long range facilities plan and bond program
3. A districtwide facilities assessment
4. Program capacity for every school
5. Projected costs for all items identified
6. Projected tax rate to fund the first four years of the plan

During each step of the process, the committee was asked to reach consensus regarding the plan. The committee’s plan was presented to the Board of Trustees on February 12. The Board of Trustees unanimously called the election on March 4.

Q. What is included in the bond package?

A. Growth $345.9 million
• build 3 elementary schools, 1 early childhood/pre-kindergarten center, 2 intermediate schools, and 1 high school
• purchase 4 sites for new schools
• build a 700 seat classroom addition for Klein Oak that also includes a food service remodel and dining facility addition
• build a 500 seat classroom addition for Klein Collins
• build a multi-purpose staff development and agricultural center
• build transportable buildings
• build a South Transportation Center
• build an addition to the Klein Instructional Center
• purchase buses
Renovations $256.7 million
• upgrade and remodel campus academic facilities
• renovate Klein High School
• rebuild the Klein Annex
• upgrade and remodel campus athletic facilities
• renovate campuses with repairs and upgrades of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, roofing, electrical systems, lighting, and flooring
Technology $38.2 million
• provide technology equipment to accommodate increased enrollment
• provide equipment to continue the Technology Baseline Standard Initiative
• provide technology equipment to replace outdated technology equipment
• increase student access to technology equipment
Safety and Security $6.1 million
• purchase equipment to increase access control
• purchase equipment to increase security cameras
• replace outdated security equipment
• install fire alarm systems in remaining facilitie

Q. What indirect costs will occur in opening these facilities?

A. Some new staff will be added (principal, secretary, etc.), but the additional teachers and furniture would be needed with or without new buildings. The additional revenue generated by more students will help offset some of these costs. The opening of the new facilities will be staggered to reduce the impact to taxpayers.

Q. What will the $38.2 million designated for technology fund?

A. Technology Baseline Standard Initiative
Technology Infrastructure
One to One Student to Computer Initiative
Computer and Technology Education (CATE) Computers/Software
Technology Applications Courses Computers/Software
Fine Arts Equipment/Software
Math Graphing Calculators and Science Probes
Replacement Computers
Printers
Library System Equipment
Student Information System Equipment

Q. What is the Technology Baseline Standard Initiative, TBSI?

A. Klein began to implement Technology Baseline Standard Initiative with funds from the 2004 bond. The initiative places a Starboard interactive whiteboard, eInstruction assessment system, a document camera, a projector, and four student networked computers in classes to prepare students for their future. This initiative will continue with the 2008 bond funds.

Q. How will the district address student tablet computer security?

A. The district addresses security in a number of ways. There is software on each computer that tracks the device in case of theft. We also have network security in place to block viruses, SPAM, etc. The student access to changing the device configuration is limited. There is also Internet filtering to block inappropriate sites. The student computers will function with the same restrictions and filtering away from school as they do while on the school’s network. 

Q. How can I determine what my school is receiving from the 2008 Bond Plan?

A. You can locate each school’s information by visiting the Klein Web site at www.kleinisd.net and clicking on Bond. The entire bond plan is online from the link including individual school information.

Q. When was the last time the district held a bond election, and what did the funds purchase?

A. The $224 million bond funds approved by the voters in October of 2004 funded Benignus and Frank elementary schools, Krimmel Intermediate School, the Network Operations Center, the Police Facility, Vistas High School Facility, the Klein Forest High School and Benfer Elementary School additions and renovations, fine arts additions at Wunderlich and Strack intermediate schools, the purchase of school sites, various repairs and renovations at all the campuses, security cameras and access control for the schools, buses, technology and the infrastructure to support technology in the schools.

Q. Can bond money be used for day-by-day operational costs?

 A. No. Bond sale proceeds can only be used for purchasing school sites, for school buildings, equipment and furniture, buses, technology and major remodeling or renovations/projects.

Q. Can we pay for new schools, additions and upgrades of current facilities out of the district’s annual maintenance and operating budget?

A. No. The state allows school districts to fund expenditures from two different sources—maintenance/operating budget and bonded debt service. Limitations imposed by the state’s school finance system place restrictions on the usage of a school district’s state operating revenue. Normal capital projects, technology upgrades and major maintenance projects are funded through bonded debt service that pays back the bonds sold to spend on capital projects.

Q. Does a subdivision developer or a new subdivision have to provide and/or reserve acreage for a school site to a school district?

A. No.

Q. How many vacant school sites does Klein ISD have at this time?

A. Vacant sites are as follows:
Elementary 2
Intermediate 3
High Schools 2

Q. If the authorization is approved, is the district obligated to spend the money?

A. No. Voter approval is an authorization for the district to issue bonds. They will be sold in the future as funds are needed for these projects.

Q. Do school districts have a limit on how high they can set the tax rate?

A. Yes. There is a state-imposed limit for maintenance and operations, M&O, at $1.17, and for debt service at $.50. These two (2) amounts are combined to form the school district’s tax rate.

Q. What is the current (2007-08) tax rate of area districts?

A. Katy 1.5266
Spring 1.44
Cypress-Fairbanks 1.324*
Humble 1.31
Spring-Branch 1.285*
Aldine 1.277
Tomball 1.275
Alief 1.265
KLEIN 1.26
Conroe 1.24
*These districts offer a 20% homestead exemption. The KISD’s exemption is $15,000 or $38,330 if age sixty-five (65) or older.

Q. Will the 2008 Bond Plan increase my school taxes if I am 65 or older?

A. No. After a homeowner turns 65, school taxes are frozen and will not be impacted by any increase in the Klein ISD tax rate provided there are no home improvements. (Homeowners must apply for this exemption.)

Q. How will the 2008 Bond Plan affect my taxes?

A. With the successful passage of the bond referendum, projections of the combined tax rate that currently stands at $1.26 will stair-step upwards incrementally to peak at $1.46 in the year 2011-12. The following information is presented to give taxpayers an idea of the potential impact on tax rates.
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Q. What effect did recent legislative action have on my taxes?

A. Recent legislative action increased state school funding which lowered the maintenance and operations tax rate in both the 2006 – 07 and the 2007 – 08 school years.

Q. How did the 2004 Bond Plan affect the tax rate?

A. The 2004 bond election was projected to increase the debt service portion of the tax rate to 26 cents. The District’s current debt service tax rate is 22 cents, four (4) cents lower than it was projected to be in 2006.

Q. How many school districts are located in Harris County and how does the taxable wealth per student in Klein compare to other districts?

A. There are twenty (20) districts wholly located in Harris County. Klein is ranked 11th from the top in taxable wealth. Only nine (9) have lower values per child: Aldine, Alief, Crosby, Channelview, Galena Park, Huffman, North Forest, Pasadena, and Spring.

Q. What percentage of the total revenue for the 2007 – 08 KISD budget comes from local, state, county, and federal funds?

A. Local - 44%; state - 51%; federal - 5%

Q. What does a school district do if it doesn't have any bond funds authorized by the voters?

A. When that happens, one or more of the following can occur:
• Day-by-day operational funds are spent to acquire transportable buildings or to rent space in area churches and vacant buildings
• Schools go on shortened daily schedules
• Schools go on double schedules which include day and evening classes

Q. Getting Bond Information

A. For more information, visit www.kleinisd.net and click on Bond or call the KISD public information office at 832.249.4173.

Please visit the Klein Web site and click on KleINTOUCH to sign up for the daily information e-mail.

To obtain this information in Vietnamese, please contact Linda Burdge at 832.249.4173.
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To obtain this information in Spanish, please contact Linda Burdge at 832.249.4173.
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