Tyler Independent School District is considering a November election on a bond package of $175 million to finance the second phase of a planned 12-year, four-part improvement program.

Plans are still evolving, but the second phase of the original facilities master plan calls for improvements and renovations at nine elementary schools.

The district’s facility consultants have suggested accelerating the program due to rising construction costs. School trustees were told last week that building an elementary school now would cost nearly $25 more per square foot than in late 2006.

Phase one was financed by a $95.9 million bond program passed in 2004 that replaced six existing elementary schools and built one new school.

The third phase addresses middle school facility upgrades and the fourth concentrates on high schools.

School trustees must decide by Aug. 26 on scheduling the November election. School bond elections in Texas are restricted to November and May dates.

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