Frequently Asked Questions
Review our list of Frequently Asked Questions below regarding the 2016 Bond Program.
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BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY
Does the physical condition of a school building affect student learning?
Yes. Recent research by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that a school’s physical environment can play a major role in academic performance. Leaky roofs and problems with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can trigger a host of health problems – including asthma and allergies – that increase absenteeism and reduce academic performance. Research links key environmental factors to health outcomes and students’ ability to perform.
How did Melissa Schools determine which schools would be proposed for construction?
Recently Melissa Schools hired Bob Templeton with Templeton Demographics to conduct a comprehensive demographic study. Based on the recommendation of Templeton Demographics and information gathered through previous Building Program Committees, a recommendation was made to the Board to start construction on a new high school followed by an elementary.
Would this bond referendum have any impact on the taxes paid by homeowners age 65 and older?
The property taxes of those 65 and older with a homestead exemption would not be affected if the bond referendum passes. Taxes of those receiving the 65 and older homestead exemption are frozen at their present rate for as long as they maintain their homestead.
What will happen if the bond is not approved by voters?
First it is important to note that the Board has adopted a tax rate that will not increase with the approval of bond sales. If the bond is not approved the district will be forced to continue to add additional portable buildings until the time the community supports a bond election.
If the bond proposal does not pass, where would MISD find the money to finance increased building maintenance costs?
Without bond money, the district would need to redirect educational funds used for instructional programs and services to fund increased building maintenance costs.
How did Melissa Schools calculate construction costs for building new high schools?
MISD has hired Corgan Architects and Core Construction to help outline the cost of the new facilities, along with current market and projected market rates.
Does Melissa Schools use competitive bids for construction projects?
MISD follows a bidding process prescribed by state law. The selection process for contractors is competitive and allows the district to select contractors on the basis of best value to the district.
What is Melissa School’s current financial situation?
See information about the district’s financial position.
Are facility bond taxes deductible on my federal tax returns?
Property taxes paid for by a homeowner are deductible on a personal federal tax return.
Will Melissa Schools be able to sell its bonds at a favorable rate?
Melissa School’s bonds should receive the highest possible rating due primarily to the guarantee by the Texas Permanent School fund. Because of high rating and the current low interest rates, the district expects a favorable market for its bonds. Melissa School’s bond ratings put the district in the top tier of Texas’ most credit-worthy school districts.
What is the difference between the Maintenance and Operations (M&O), Debt Service, and Total tax rates?
M&O taxes are used for day-to-day operations – salaries, supplies, utilities, insurance, fuel, etc. Revenue from the Debt Service tax rate can only be used to retire bonds sold for specific purposes: construction, renovations, buses, portable buildings, land, technology and the cost of issuing bonds and related fees. The Total tax rate is a combination of the M&O tax rate and the Debt Service tax rate.
When is the election?
Election Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016. Early voting is from April 25 through May 2.
The last day to register to vote in the election is April 7.
Voter registration services are available at all MISD schools, where principals have been deputized since last spring to register voters.
See more election information.
Where can I find the MISD bond proposition on the ballot?
At the beginning of the ballot under Melissa City and ISD.
I have more questions about the 2016 MISD bond proposal. Where can I get more information?
You can find more information about the 2016 MISD Bond Proposal at www.melissaisd.org/bond.
How does MISD plan to use this bond proposal for technology?
The largest portion will the installation of a new fiber line to the new high school. The new elementary will have one as well. The next portion will be at the high school and replicate the data center for disaster recovery planning.
How will the needs at schools not on the bond project be addressed?
The district budgets for projected maintenance and operations yearly.
THE 2016 BOND
When was MISD’s last bond referendum?
There was a $80 million bond in 2004.
THE DIRECTION OF MISD
What are the enrollment trends in MISD?
Melissa ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state of Texas. The study done by Templeton Demographics suggests continued steady growth.
HOW BOND MONEY IS SPENT
How can bond money be used?
Proceeds from a bond issue can only be used for the costs associated with construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land and the purchase of long-lasting items such as equipment. Bond proceeds cannot be used to pay teacher salaries.
What safeguards does MISD have in place to ensure that the bond program is run efficiently and ethically?
Oversight of the MISD bond program is multi-layered to ensure many checks and balances. In addition, MISD has taken many steps to ensure the public is fully informed regarding the status of all projects:
- Bond Program Website
- Project Advisory Teams