$218.1 million package would expand Texas school district’s facilities

January 19, 2024

Willis Independent School District (ISD) officials are asking voters to approve a $218.1 million bond measure in May to upgrade a high school, build a stadium and add activity centers. The projects will accommodate student growth and expand recreational opportunities. Early voting runs from April 22 to April 30, with election day May 4.

Proposition A would allocate $102.7 million to expand the high school’s ninth-grade wing to accommodate an additional 1,200 students. The proposition would also fund construction of a transportation center, parking lot upgrades and general infrastructure at the school.

Proposition B would provide $68.6 million to build a 8,500-seat stadium and athletic complex. The facility would occupy 62 acres near the high school. It would include concessions, large restroom facilities and a fieldhouse. Plans also call for a community room to host meetings, banquets and special events.

Proposition C calls for $19.6 million to build an aquatic center adjacent to the proposed stadium. The planned 800-seat facility would include a 50-meter USA-sanctioned swimming-size pool with an additional dive well.  The dive well would include one 3-meter springboard, two 1-meter springboards, one 3-meter platform and potentially a 5-meter platform. Plans also call for girls’ and boys’ locker room, classrooms, weight room and storage facilities. Other features include two moveable bulkheads for the pool to accommodate University Interscholastic League (UIL) events.

Proposition D would allocate $27 million to build a student activity center for the high school. The facility would include a media room, classrooms, equipment storage, girls’ and boys’ locker rooms, additional offices, a weight room, a multipurpose indoor field, a baseball/softball area and a dedicated Air Force JROTC and wrestling space.

The town of Willis is located about 30 miles north of Houston.

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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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