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Fort Worth Voters Approve Bonds For New Schools, Expanded Pre-K

Stella M. Chávez
New bond money will be used for classrooms to accomodate more pre-kindergarten students.

The Fort Worth school district will be able to offer pre-kindergarten to about 3,000 more children because of nearly $490 million in bonds that passed on Tuesday.

Keith Annis, a father of two, led the "vote yes" effort and says the money will also pay for technology, new buses and some specialized schools.  

“In addition to the pre-k you are going to get two new six-through-twelve (grade) academies,” Annis said. “One is going to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academy and the other is going to be a Fine and Performing Arts academy. Those will allow the children of the district who have those aptitudes to really excel and really develop to their fullest potential."

Fort Worth homeowners will see an increase of three cents in their school property tax rate, which means an additional $30 a year for the average-priced residence.

Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.