FAQs

1. What’s in the Bond Program?

The proposed Bond Program consists of three propositions:
Prop. A – New Galveston Ball High School (including upgrades at Tor Baseball, Softball & Spoor Fields)
Prop. B – New multipurpose natatorium (multipurpose Swim Center to be shared with community)
Prop. C – Renovations to Courville Stadium

2. Who made the decisions about the Bond Program?

Dating back to fall 2017, GISD administrators engaged a volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee comprised of island business owners, parents, educators, and students to analyze, prioritize and package the scope of work included in the Bond propositions.

3. How much will the Bond Program cost me?

If all three propositions are approved by GISD voters… citizens 65+ years old with a home- stead exemption will incur no tax rate increase. All other taxpayers will pay less than $14 per month (for an avg. home valuation of $222,000).

4. How much will it cost to rebuild Galveston Ball High?

A facilities condition study revealed that the cost to renovate Ball High (to bring to modern day standards) would exceed $145 million. A brand new building costs $160 million. The GISD Board decided the most responsible use of tax dollars would be to rebuild.

5. IS GALVESTON ISD REQUIRED TO SELL THE ENTIRE BOND AMOUNT APPROVED BY VOTERS?

No. Galveston ISD will sell what is necessary to complete the proposed projects.

6. Why just a new Ball High? What about our other schools?

Every campus needs work. GISD board members consider this the logical “next step” in a long-range plan to address district-wide needs.