Lone Star College Bond Failure
Posted in the Houston Forum
#1 May 17, 2013
Some surprise failures garner as much attention as those bond issues that passed
Last weekend's bond elections throughout the state are garnering notice not only for the $3.56 billion in bond referendums that passed, but for some surprises among the bond issues that failed. Two of the most highly visible shockers were the $497.7 million failed bond issue of the Lone Star College System and the passage of only two of the four propositions totaling $892 million in the Austin ISD.
The Lone Star College System bond issue would have provided funding for construction of learning facilities at virtually all of the system's six colleges. Hailed as the fastest-growing community college in the nation, the system boasts a student enrollment of 90,000. That continued growth is what led college officials to seek the bond vote approval.
Since its last bond issue in 2008, the system has added 30,000 students. In addition to additional facilities, the bond issue also would have provided for additional security and safety measures, parking upgrades and additional satellite learning centers in Magnolia, Creekside Forest in The Woodlands and in Aldine. "When you add more than 30,000 students in a short period of time - and projections call for even more growth - it follows that improvements are warranted to keep up," said Lone Star Chancellor Richard Carpenter (top left).
With the continued growth of the student population, Lone Star has worked toward increasing availability of classes for more students by adding online courses and scheduling classes at unconventional hours. And registration for the fall semester is up by double digits. For now, it's back to the drawing board after the bond issue failure, with the Board of Trustees to meet in June to discuss the bond results.
#2 May 19, 2013
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