Special to the Ennis Journal

Early voting for the May 10 Ennis ISD bond election begins Monday, April 28.

The early voting period for the bond election is April 28 through May 6. Early voting will be conducted each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day (except weekends) at the EISD Administration Building, 303 W. Knox.

In addition, temporary branch voting will take place at various sites during the election period.

The Sixth Grade Center at 2200 W. Lampasas will have early voting Monday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Early Childhood Center at 1701 W. Lampasas will conduct early voting Tuesday, April 29, also from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The remaining early voting schedule, also from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., is as follows:

•    Austin Elementary School, 1500 Austin Dr., Friday, May 2

•    Boys & Girls Clubs of Ennis, 1211 S. Clay, Saturday, May 3

•    Bowie Elementary School, 501 Jeter Dr., Monday, May 5

•    Houston Elementary School, 1701 S. Hall, Monday, May 5

•    Travis Elementary School, 200 N. Shawnee, Monday, May 5

•    Ennis High School, 1405 Lake Bardwell Dr., Monday, May 5

•    San Jacinto Auditorium, 501 N. Gaines, Tuesday, May 6

Election Day voting on May 10 will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the EISD Administration Building.

The bond package totals $48,985,000 and includes the following items:

•    A new intermediate school (grades 4-6) with a capacity of 800 students. The site for this school would be on the current Ennis Junior High School site, west of Clay Street.

•    Expansion and conversion of the Sixth Grade Center into a second intermediate school (grades 4-6) by adding a wing, with a total capacity of 800 students.

•    A new Early Childhood Center with an initial capacity of 400 students and the capability to expand to 600 students in the future. The proposed site for this school would be on the former Carver school property at Martin Luther King Drive.

•    Expansion of Travis Elementary School by 150 students. Travis is the smallest school in the district but is projected to experience sizeable growth over the next decade. The expansion also has the benefit of improved cost-effectiveness by raising enrollment to better match the other elementary campuses.

•    Technology upgrades at the Sixth Grade Center to match the new intermediate campus.

The bond package addresses two issues – the closure of the intermediate school and enrollment growth in grades PK through sixth – that were discussed by the EISD Facility Needs Study Committee earlier this year. The two new schools and Sixth Grade Center expansion are projected to open by August 2009. Timing for the expansion at Travis is still being evaluated.

Based on current growth projections, this bond package should address EISD enrollment needs until 2017.

The tax rate impact on a home in Ennis ISD with the average taxable value of $88,860 would be $71 a year, or $1.36 per week.

EISD bond election information is posted on the EISD website at www.ennis.k12.tx.us.