Bond Planning

  • Collaborative development of a bond package recommendation for presentation to the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees and ultimately to the Rockwall ISD community in November 2015.

    Scope of Work:

    • Consideration and analysis of data related to possible bond election
    • Basic knowledge of public school finance issues and district financial data
    • Review of district facilities, technology, science labs, and safety and security needs
    • Collaborative formulation of bond package
    • Participation in follow-up activities that result from bond proposal 

    Parameters of Constraints:

    • District Mission
    • Whole-district considerations
    • Students’ needs
    • Sound financial and facility-use stewardship
    • Legislative mandates
    • Established district processes
    • Priority codes
    • Adequate and equitable communications
    • Timeline for November 2015 bond election
    • Board of Trustees action
    • Agreed-upon ground rules, decision making and charter

    Capabilities and Strengths:

    • Professional district resource people, demographer, architect and facilitator
    • Past bond referendum information and historical data
    • Accurate financial data and construction cost data
    • Diversity, knowledge, and expertise of committee-individually and collectively 

    Follow-up Responsibilities of Committee

    • Participate in public bond information meetings should bond election be called by the Board of Trustees
    • Review, assimilate and prioritize data for sound and informed decision-making
    • Attend each bond steering committee meeting

    2015 Bond Committee Meeting Schedule & Itineraries


    Wednesday, January 7

    • Structure of Meetings
    • Process Tools
    • 2007 Bond Status Report
    • Schoolhouse Bond 101
    • Demographics


    Wednesday, January 21

    • Facilities Tours


    Wednesday, February 11

    • Process Review, Priority Schedule, New Construction
    • Renovations
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Land Acquisition


    Wednesday, February 25

    • Transportation
    • Safety & Security
    • Athletics
    • Fine Arts
    • Other Capital Projects


    Wednesday, March 18

    • Technology, Financial Capacity & Impact
    • Bond Construction Instructions


    Wednesday, April 1

    • Table Bond Construction


    Wednesday, April 15

    • Four-table Bond Construction


    Wednesday, April 23

    • Two-table and Large Group Bond Construction
    • SWOT Analysis


    Wednesday, May 13

    • Prepare Board Presentation


    Wednesday, May 27

    • Finalize Bond Referendum


    Monday, June 15

    • Present Committee’s Final Referendum Recommendation to Board of Trustees