Voters approved two of four bond proposals for Austin I.S.D. on Saturday.
The propositions approved will go toward improving technology, building new science labs and repairing and renovating aging school buildings. The total amount approved by voters will give the district $489.6 million of the possible $891 million dollars to make those improvements.
Propositions 2 and 4 were not approved. That would've been an additional $402 million dollars to build more schools and make facility improvements for fine arts programs and special education.
Now that voters have had their say, school administrators say they will work to prioritize the district's needs and determine what is affordable for the community.
"This is a tax referendum that they wanted to have choices on and within those choices our voting public was very selective. Those are the things we want our tax payers to do and they have spoken, they've given us good guidance," said Superintendent, Meria Carstarphen.
AISD is facing some serious issues including overcrowding. Carstarphen says the district is going to have to look at other options to ease the difficulties of a growing student population.
"This will require that we have another conversation with Austin about boundaries and transfers and some of our other policies and practices that the public has told us before they weren't as interested in doing, but at this point we're going to have to seriously consider them again," she said.
Proposition 2, which failed, would've funded construction for three new elementary schools.