H-E-B places bond on ballot to replace Trinity, Bell high schools, 4 elementary campuses

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district is asking voters to approve a nearly $1 billion bond package to replace L.D. Bell and Trinity high schools as well as four elementary campuses.

The board voted 7-0 Monday night to place two propositions on the Nov. 7 ballot

Proposition A, at $979.3 million, would replace the high schools, four elementary schools, convert Bell Manor Elementary for the alternative KEYS High School and provide safety and security upgrades. Proposition B, at $18 million, would be for technology.

The proposals would cost 13.76 cents per $100 of valuation, or $414 for the owner of a $350,000 home with a homestead exemption. It would be $344 if voters approve a school tax break in November.

A facility planning task force of school board members and other leaders in Hurst, Euless and Bedford recommended the bond package.

The last bond election in 2017 renovated the junior high campuses.

Both high schools are more than 50 years old. Trinity’s campus in Euless would be replaced in phases. Its 11 buildings have cracked pipes and foundation problems, according to the district. A new building would be constructed next to the existing L.D. Bell in Hurst.

Bell Manor Elementary would be renovated for KEYS High School, and a new campus for Bell Manor would be built. Hurst HIlls Elementary in Hurst and Wilshire and Midway Park elementary schools in Euless would also be replaced.