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Cleveland ISD seeks $150 million bond

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To say that Cleveland ISD is experiencing growth is just about the biggest understatement in the world, and with that growth comes the necessity for the expansion of school facilities and infrastructure at an alarming pace. At the close of the 2020-21 school year, the district was approaching nearly 10,000 students, which makes up just under half of the total enrolled students in the seven Liberty County School Districts.

Now the CISD Board of Trustees is turning to the public for approval of a $150 million bond referendum towards constructing a second high school for the district.

The fastest-growing school system in Texas, Cleveland voters, will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2, to decide to fund the bond for that project. Currently, the district has four campuses under construction, Northside Elementary in Cleveland, and three campuses in the Colony Ridge development. Those campuses are Pine Burr Elementary, Elementary No. 6, and Middle School No. 2; the district also opened Cottonwood Elementary last school year.

The new high school would also be constructed in the Colony Ridge area, off Grand San Jacinto Boulevard, and will house between 2,500-2,800, and it will be larger than the Cleveland High School campus.

If voters approve the bond, there will be no change to the tax rate; however, increases in tax evaluations could increase taxes on residents in the district.

The district will be holding public hearings on the bond issue in the coming weeks.