Bond Presentation

Kilgore ISD Superintendent Andy Baker discusses proposed bond improvements and takes community members on a tour of Kilgore High School in September.

KILGORE — Kilgore ISD is moving ahead with the next steps for its recently passed bond packages, which will fund the construction of a new high school and various district improvements.

Proposition A totals $109 million for the construction of a new Kilgore High School campus and renovations at Chandler Elementary School. Proposition B, which totals $4 million, is slated to fund ADA renovations at R.E. St. John Stadium.

After the passage of the referendums earlier this month, Kilgore ISD financial adviser Doug Whitt delivered a report to board members at Thursday’s meeting to set a timeline for the next steps of the process.

“Congratulations on the election,” Whitt said, after the referendums passed with more than 80% voter approval. “At your next board meeting in January, we’ll be asking for board action to approve the issuance of the bonds.”

The most critical facility need identified by the facilities committee, and unanimously put at the top of the list of bond projects, is the construction of a new high school campus. The current campus was built almost 100 years ago and has seen renovations and additions over the years as the district has grown and the number of students it serves has increased.

The second item on the list is the need for renovations at Chandler Elementary. Built in 1960, this facility has also seen renovations, including a six-month road repair project completed in December 2019. However, there is still work to be done at Chandler, the district said, and the bond includes funding for HVAC repairs and renovations, energy efficiency upgrades and more at the site.

The third item is renovations and repairs at R.E. St. John Stadium. Built in 1938 and expanded in 1948, the facility has hosted football games, track and field events and graduation and homecoming ceremonies for generations of Kilgore students. In 1949, KISD deeded one-half interest in the stadium to Kilgore College in return for an $8,223 payment and a pledge to operate and maintain the facility jointly.

At the next Kilgore ISD board meeting in January, the board will vote on selling the bonds.

Earlier board conversations have put the construction of the new high school to be completed by 2024.

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