$120 million to build Texas elementary school, sports facilities up for vote

February 2, 2024

Navarro Independent School District (ISD) officials are asking voters in the Central Texas city of Seguin to approve a $120 million bond measure to construct an elementary school, build a stadium and add baseball and softball fields. The projects will address anticipated enrollment growth and the need for on-site athletic facilities to reduce logistical challenges posed by off-site practices and games. Construction of the school is slated for completion in fall 2027. Early voting runs from April 22 to April 30, with election day May 4.

Proposition A would allocate $73.7 million for a suite of “growth & reinvestment” projects, including a new elementary school for grades 2-5 at a projected $50.1 million cost. Another $3 million would be used to “refresh” the existing elementary and intermediate schools. The proposition would spend $4.1 on roadways and parking, $2 million to replace the district’s chiller and invest $2.4 million to provide safety and security upgrades, such as access control, video surveillance and video intercom.

The project’s scope calls for remodeling and expanding the junior high, including classroom construction and flooring, paint and electrical work at a cost of $3.1 million. The elementary and intermediate schools will reach capacity in fall 2026 and fall 2027, respectively, school officials said.  

Proposition B would provide $35.5 million to build a 7,000-seat turf field stadium at the high school campus. The site would also include a synthetic eight-lane track field, a field house, concessions and restrooms. 

Proposition C calls for $10.8 million to build synthetic turf fields for baseball and softball, plus dugouts, batting cages, a building to accommodate restrooms and concessions. The scope of the project includes eight tennis courts equipped with fencing and lighting. Completion of high school athletic projects is slated for fall 2026, according to the district’s Long-Range Master Plan.

The document, which is designed to tackle anticipated district growth and education needs, also envisions a 2026 bond to support construction of an early childhood center, the addition of 20 classrooms to the junior high and operations and maintenance costs. A proposed 2028 bond would build an elementary school, add 16 classrooms to the high school and cover operations and maintenance costs.  

Navarro ISD is located in the city of Seguin, about 36 miles northeast of San Antonio. Voters in 2021 approved a $130 million bond to purchase land and build a new high school and elementary school but rejected a separate proposal to fund a new $30 million sports complex.

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Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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