FBISD – 2018 Bond Building and Improving Safe Learning Spaces Supporting Kids and Communities

The 2018 bond will include several security upgrades, including additional fencing, student ID systems and additional police vehicles. Fort Bend ISD Police Officer Evett Kelly visited with Missouri City Middle School students during the passing period between their classes.

Feature | By Kristin Tassin –

Thanks to the Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) community, the 2018 bond passed overwhelming with more than 75% of the voters approving the proposition. The bond provides funds for every school and every community in FBISD. The Board, Superintendent and entire FBISD team appreciate the community support and engagement during the planning and election process.

Fort Bend ISD began over a year ago compiling data and developing the capital plan that is the basis for the 2018 bond. A committee of community members from every feeder pattern in the district was assembled to begin reviewing data and planning options. The committee met several times during the 2017-18 school year. All recommendations of the committee were brought to the community as a whole for feedback. Community suggestions were also gathered and reviewed by the committee, FBISD administration and the Board of Trustees. The Board was tasked with considering all options and ultimately determining the best course of action for the district as a whole, taking into consideration the needs of all FBISD students balanced with fiscal responsibility. The result is a plan that touches every FBISD at every school in the district.

The capital plan includes much-needed maintenance and repairs at every school. The average age of schools in FBISD is 25 years. The 2018 bond will address issues related to aging buildings, HVAC systems, roofs and more. The plan also increases safety and security measures at schools. From police vehicles and equipment to support our increased police force to video cameras and classroom door lockdown devices, the 2018 bond helps provide additional security for students and more peace of mind for families.

As the Fort Bend community grows, schools are stretched to their capacity limits. The 2018 bond addresses needed new schools and classroom additions at current schools. Balancing enrollment at schools is one of the many challenges as developments and Master-Planned Communities expand. Building new schools and adding on to existing schools help provide the needed classroom space in these fast-growth areas. Also, several FBISD schools have aged beyond repair and need to be rebuilt. The 2018 bond includes funding for these aging communities that continue to require schools for their children.

Other items included in the 2018 bond support students and employees in fine arts and athletics by expanding those spaces to allow for more students to be involved, as well as more space for coaches and directors. Also included is support for transportation by adding and upgrading buses that carry kids to and from school every day, and support for technology by increasing infrastructure to support growing staff and student populations and upgrading technology in classrooms.

All of these initiatives support students in achieving the FBISD Profile of a Graduate that was passed two years ago. FBISD wants all students to be academically successful but also thriving, productive citizens in their communities and in whatever field they choose to pursue. Keeping students safe is a top priority, but providing a 21st-century learning environment with the tools they need to learn and prepare them for what they will encounter in today’s modern society is also a priority for FBISD. The students of today are our leaders of tomorrow. Thank you For Bend for supporting FBISD as we work to ensure our students are prepared for their tomorrow.