A number of school districts are looking for approval of general obligation bond packages at the May 8 election.

The Big Spring Independent School District, in West Texas, is seeking about $60 million of bonds to upgrade facilities.The proposal includes $43 million for three new elementary schools, $12 million for improvements at the high school, and $2.7 million for new classrooms at the junior high.

The Center Point Independent School District, a small, 600-student system in eastern Kerr County, will seek $10 million of debt to expand its three schools. Approval would raise the property tax rate to $1.40 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from the current $1.10 per $100.

The district would spend $7.4 million to add classrooms, a library, and a cafeteria to the middle school. Renovations at the high school would cost $1.6 million, with $940,000 allocated to upgrades at the elementary school.

Trustees of the Castleberry Independent School District in Tarrant County set a $34 million bond election to replace a school built in 1938 and upgrade other facilities. The district has 3,600 students.

The last bond election was in 1996, when voters approved $14.1 million.

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