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BISD Moving Forward With Plans

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The voters have spoken and given the OK for plans for a second high-school in Bryan. But now that the $104 million bond package has passed, what happens next?

Bryan's school district can breathe a sigh of relief and move forward with the planning for school improvements.

At $46-million, the big ticket item is a second high school, which the district believes will alleviate overcrowding.

The district won't draw new attendance zones until 2007. But it's looking into what will be offered at the new school now.

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"Looking at the program needs of the students and what spaces will be needed for those program," said Mike Kristynik, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services.

Kristynik will help create a timeline for all the things that must be done.

The reason this bond hasn't passed before may have been due to concerns about athletics and whether a new high school would divide the city.

"I anticipate we will have your major sports at both programs. Football, baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, and track," said Kristynik.

Another issue is the new teachers and staff that will be needed for the new campus. Only the cost of construction was included in the bond proposal. The cost of paying the teachers and staff wasn't.

"We're looking at what staffing we currently have that can help to open up the fourth middle school and second high school and what additional staffing will be in need of," said Amy Drozd, the district's Chief financial Officer.

The district hopes to have the second high school ready by Fall 2008, but until then they're busy planning and working out the details for the new school as well as other plans for the bond.

The new school will be located on Old Reliance Road. The district hopes to have chosen architects for all projects by this summer.

Part II of the bond proposal includes a natatorium for the new high school if the city of Bryan agreed to pay for half.

No word yet on what the city plans to do. Mayor Ernie Wentrcek says the council has not had a discussion about the project, but plans to get with the city's financial staff very soon. It may mean a tax increase for residents or holding off on other projects to come up with the money.