Senator Larry Taylor and Representative Wayne Faircloth file legislation to assist Texas City ISD and other similar-situated school districts with facility funding following an annexation
TEXAS CITY – Senator Larry Taylor and Representative Wayne Faircloth have filed SB 1353, and HB 3106 in the Texas Legislature related to facility funding following an annexation ordered by the Commissioner of Education. Under the current language of either bill, if passed, the state would be required to provide a certain amount of state funding for renovation, repair, and/or replacement of the facilities from the annexed school district.
By Commissioner of Education order, on July 1, 2016, La Marque ISD was annexed into Texas City ISD.
According to an April 2016 Facility Assessment Report, some $41,877,820 for facility renovation and repair of the facilities located in the previous La Marque ISD were needed and recommended-- of that Texas City ISD has already incurred approximately $3,300,000 in expenditures and has already encumbered an additional $2,000,000 for additional work in the near term. It is important to note that the $41,877,820 is only for facility renovation and repair of the facilities.
Remarkably, a new school has not been built in the La Marque territory for over 47 years. In reality, multiple schools should be totally replaced. The cost estimate to actually replace the schools, other than the high school, with new schools is estimated to be approximately $100,000,000. Two new elementary schools ($20,000,000 each) and a new middle school ($60,000,000) are needed.
Under current law, no annexation funds are currently supplied by the state to Texas City ISD to assist with this critical issue. Under either HB 3106 or SB 1353 as written and applied to Texas City ISD, Texas City ISD would receive over a five (5) year period approximately $18,184,928.34 to assist with this significant need for students in the previous La Marque ISD.
Texas City ISD greatly appreciates and thanks Senator Taylor and Representative Faircloth for their leadership on this issue and filing legislative bills to assist the students, staff, and tax payers of the new Texas City ISD!