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Project Kids Provides Update to Board of Trustees

July 21, 2020

 

Project Kids Provides Update to Board of Trustees

Theresa Ginsburg and Bob Acker presented to the Board of Trustees  

Representatives from Project Kids, the bond advisory committee, presented a preliminary report to the Allen ISD Board of Trustees during a July 20 workshop meeting. The presentation was led by Bob Acker and Theresa Ginsburg on behalf of the nearly 80-member citizen committee and provided the Board of Trustees with a first look at the recommended projects. Project Kids will make its final recommendation at the July 27 regular Board of Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.

 

“I want to thank the Project Kids committee for their continuous engagement and commitment to building a future-ready plan that focuses on our students,” Allen ISD Superintendent Robin Bullock said. “This committee has outlined a plan that provides our students with the necessary resources to prepare them for a successful future.”

 

Project Kids was formed in February 2020 to assess and prioritize Allen ISD’s current and long-term facility and capital project needs. The committee represented a cross-section of the Allen community and included parents, grandparents, parents with children who have already graduated from high school, individuals without children, teachers, and Allen High School students. The application process to join Project Kids was open to the community, and participants provided a wide range of viewpoints, including both those who voted for and against the unsuccessful 2019 bond election. A full list of committee members may be viewed here.

 

“I was pleased to see a wide representation of community members from neighborhoods across Allen ISD,” Bob Acker, Project Kids Co-Presenter said. “This was truly an inclusive process that brought varying viewpoints and ideas together with a singular focus of supporting the children of our community.”

 

Project Kids originally planned to meet in March 2020, but the process was delayed due to COVID-19. The committee began meeting virtually on May 12, culminating with a sixth and final meeting on June 23. The committee was led by an independent facilitator, Dr. Lizzie Asbury of TransCend4, to guide the group members through an open process that included community voice and committee input.

 

Committee meetings included presentations from AISD staff regarding topics of school finance, maintenance, technology, transportation, and safety and security. Committee members also heard from third-party experts with long-standing work experience with Allen ISD. These experts included a financial advisor who discussed the district’s financial outlook and bonding capacity and a demographer who spoke about residential and commercial growth within Allen ISD’s boundary.

 

“Throughout this entire process, it was clear that the Project Kids committee members were given all the information needed to make an informed decision,” Theresa Ginsburg, Project Kids Co-Presenter said. “Each committee member was encouraged to lend their voice to this process, and AISD staff were available to answer the wide range of questions that we had.”

 

More information about Project Kids’ final recommendation, including a detailed project list, will be shared with the community following the July 27 Board of Trustees meeting. Per state law, the Board of Trustees has until August 17 to call for a bond election to be placed on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot.

 

Please visit the Project Kids webpage to learn more about the committee’s process, including meeting agendas and presentations.