The 2022 Bond Proposal is a comprehensive plan developed by a committee of Florence ISD stakeholders who gathered for a total of six meetings over two months from December 2nd to February 7th.
The committee’s work was an extension of a process that began with the 2018 bond program that was part of an overall Long Range Facility plan.
The committee was composed of representatives with a variety of perspectives, including: Parents, Grandparents, Business Leaders, Students, Civic Leaders, Volunteers, Retirees, Educators and FISD Alumni.
Following the committee’s recommendations, the FISD Board of Trustees placed the bond proposal on the ballot in two propositions.
Proposition A – $42,750,000:
New Florence Elementary School
New Band Hall at Florence High School
Electrical Upgrades to Florence Middle School
Proposition B – $6,570,000:
New Field House at Florence High School
The Long Range Planning Committee was charged to consider the educational needs of all students and align with the district’s mission and goals; to represent the community and its values in the facility planning process; and to assess and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs, including:
- Building age, safety and condition
- District growth and capacity
- Evolving educational delivery and programs
The committee spent their time reviewing and analyzing the aspects, histories and projections of Florence ISD’s demographics, growth and enrollment patterns, tax impact scenarios, district finance, educational programs and thorough discussions of both immediate and long-term needs of the District.
During the process, all committee members were presented with an opportunity to express their opinions, suggestions and recommendations.
As a result of this process, the committee formed a recommendation for a bond proposal that was presented to and approved by the Florence ISD Board of Trustees on Feb. 15, 2022.
The approved proposal includes:
- Construction of a new elementary school
- Lighting and electrical upgrades at Florence Middle School
- A new band hall at Florence High School, and
- A new athletic fieldhouse at Florence High School
- Total cost of the FISD Bond 2022 program is projected at $49.32 million.
Bond 2022 proposes construction of a new Florence Elementary School. The current Florence Elementary School was originally constructed in 1939. Various additions/renovations over the years make the average age of the building 47 years.
The new campus will provide modern upgrades in regards to improvements such as accessibility, interior lighting, fire safety systems, site drainage, finishes, flooring and paint; safety and security; and HVAC systems.
The new campus will include state-of-the-art classrooms and instructional spaces with TEA-recommended space for learning and growth.
Bond 2022 proposes lighting and electrical upgrades at Florence Middle School. The school was originally constructed in 1985-86. A facility assessment of FMS included the need for upgrading lighting for efficiency.
Bond 2022 proposes a new band hall at Florence High School. The current band hall in use is located at Florence Middle School, serving both middle school and high school students. The new band hall will be 6,500 square feet and will address security concerns and loss of instructional time due to student travel between campuses, and to accommodate program growth.
Bond 2022 proposes a new athletic fieldhouse at Florence High School. The new 16,150 square foot fieldhouse will be built to accommodate both boys and girls sports, including football, soccer, track and softball.
The current Florence Elementary School was originally constructed in 1939. Various additions/renovations over the years make the average age of the building 47 years.
- The new elementary school will address student growth and create an improved learning environment for students.
- The new elementary school will provide safety and security upgrades not present in the current building.
- The new elementary school will provide adequate space for outdoor learning, improved pickup and dropoff, and additional play areas.
- The new elementary school will provide teachers with improved and updated educational delivery space in classrooms and workspaces.
If the bond is approved, FISD’s desire is to build our new elementary school in a central location within the district, as close to the city of Florence as possible. FISD has several options to consider but the number one goal is to build a new school close to town. Other factors to be considered with the site location are the availability of utilities such as water and electricity and how they will be supplied to the new facility.
A facility assessment of FMS highlighted the need for upgraded lighting efficiency in the building. The school was originally constructed in 1985-86.
- The proposed lighting and electrical upgrades will provide enhanced learning environments for students.
- These upgrades also provide a higher level of security for students and staff.
- Improved lighting efficiency will also improve the overall building efficiency.
Band Hall at Florence High School
Florence High School’s Band does not currently have a band hall at the high school. Band students must walk across two parking lots and around the stadium to the Florence Middle School campus and use the old band hall there, which currently serves both high school and middle school band students. The new, proposed band hall will be a 6,500 square foot facility built on campus at FHS and will address security concerns associated with student travel between campuses and to accommodate program growth.
Field House at Florence High School
Similar to the proposed band hall, there currently is no fieldhouse on the campus of Florence High School. The designated fieldhouse and locker room for all sports at both the high school and middle school is at the middle school. To access the current facility, student-athletes must cross two parking lots and pass the stadium. This takes away valuable instructional time as well as creating a safety issue when student-athletes are leaving the high school and traveling to the current facility at the middle school.
The proposed facility in Proposition B of FISD Bond 2022 would allow for the construction of a fieldhouse at the high school campus. This new fieldhouse would alleviate both the travel time and security concerns for students, as well as provide easier access to practice fields and the stadium.
Both boys and girls athletics programs will benefit from this new facility, which will include locker room areas for both girls and boys sports, and a football locker room. The new 16,150-square foot facility will also include coaches offices and a new, state-of-the-art weight room for use by all student-athletes. The fieldhouse will accommodate boys and girls programs, including football, soccer, track and softball.