Early voting begins for five Plano ISD proposals

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Early voting starts Monday for five separate proposals that Plano ISD is asking voters to consider.

VATRE (Voter Approved Tax Rate Election) Proposition A would increase revenue for student programs and teacher and staff salaries. It would also reduce the district’s current budget deficit and help offset the loss of some federal funding.

Bond Proposition B would authorize the issuance of $1.17 billion in bonds for a variety of security upgrades and school renovation projects.  They include replacing Haggard Middle School, major renovations at Plano Senior High, Williams and Clark High Schools and kitchen renovations at two middle schools and nine elementary campuses.

Proposition C would authorize $1.73 million in bonds for instructional technology

Bond Proposition D would use $130 million in bonds to fund an events center that would host a wide range of events including graduations, concerts, volleyball, basketball and other UIL-sponsored actvities. District officials say this facility could save Plano ISD $275,000 annually because it would eliminate the need to rent outside facilities in many instances.

Proposition E would authorize $19.2 million in bonds to perform safety improvements and maintenance at the district’s stadiums.

Plano last held a bond election in 2016. Between February and July of this year, a special task force authorized by the board of trustees met multiple times to evaluate programs and facilities across the district. They determined that the items included in these five proposals are currently the district’s most pressing needs.

Early voting will run through Nov. 4.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday as well as between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.  Voters may cast their ballots at any one of the more than 30 polling places across Collin County.

Election Day is Nov. 8.  Polls will open that day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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