What is a Bond?

What does my registration fee cover?


The cost for fall covers two practices a week, 2 jerseys, game hat and 5-6 tournaments. (There are additional cost for pants and socks and belts that we have in our store or you can purchase yourself just as long as they match) Late August to late October is the fall season.




When will practices be held?


Practice will start the last week of August and will go until the last week before the last tournament. We will practice 2 days a week. We need to be flexible as we may adjust practice to indoors or another day due to rain or other unforeseen events.




Team roster size?


We will Carry around 12 ballplayers in the fall. There are times we may add pitcher only positions.




What is a Pitcher Only Positions?


We will add a ballplayer that wants to focus only on pitching and so they will still need to attend practices and they will also need to attend all games.




Playing time?


Our philosophy on playing time will be determined by the effort the ballplayers show us at practices, outside of practice and in game. We will not guarantee equal innings for every player, but we will make sure all ballplayers are given the best opportunity to develop and progress their passion.





Finance

What does my registration fee cover?


The cost for fall covers two practices a week, 2 jerseys, game hat and 5-6 tournaments. (There are additional cost for pants and socks and belts that we have in our store or you can purchase yourself just as long as they match) Late August to late October is the fall season.




When will practices be held?


Practice will start the last week of August and will go until the last week before the last tournament. We will practice 2 days a week. We need to be flexible as we may adjust practice to indoors or another day due to rain or other unforeseen events.




Team roster size?


We will Carry around 12 ballplayers in the fall. There are times we may add pitcher only positions.




What is a Pitcher Only Positions?


We will add a ballplayer that wants to focus only on pitching and so they will still need to attend practices and they will also need to attend all games.




Playing time?


Our philosophy on playing time will be determined by the effort the ballplayers show us at practices, outside of practice and in game. We will not guarantee equal innings for every player, but we will make sure all ballplayers are given the best opportunity to develop and progress their passion.





Creation of a Bond Proposal

Who developed the bond proposal?


Project Kids was reconvened in April 2021 to assess and prioritize Allen ISD’s current and long-term facility and capital projects. All members who served on the 2020 Project Kids Committee were invited to serve on the 2021 committee. The 60-member citizen 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 2020 Project Kids was open to the community, and participants provided a wide range of viewpoints. Representatives from Project Kids presented a bond proposal recommendation to the Allen ISD Board of Trustees on May 24.





Voting

Who is eligible to vote in the bond election?


Any registered voter who resides within the Allen ISD boundaries. If you don’t know if you’re eligible to vote in the Allen ISD bond election, click here and use the login to check your voter registration status, elections on your ballot, poll location, early voting locations, and key election dates.




Is there a deadline to register?


Yes. The deadline for voter registration is Monday, October 4, 2021. If you are not registered to vote by this deadline, then you are not eligible to vote in this election. The Texas Voter Registration Application can be found here.




Can I vote on both propositions?


Yes. Voters should record their vote in each of the bond propositions on the ballot.





Ballot Specific Questions

Why does the ballot language say “This is a property tax increase” despite Allen ISD saying the tax rate will not increase?


In compliance with a new state law, ballot propositions must include the following statement: THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE. As a result of this new requirement, voters in Allen ISD will see this language on both propositions; however, the district’s tax rate will not increase as a result of the 2021 bond election.




Why will there be two propositions on the ballot?


Allen ISD is complying with a new state law that was passed during the last legislative session. Senate Bill 30 requires school districts to offer certain projects on separate propositions.




What if I am over 65 years old and receive the senior citizen exemption and my home values go up, will my taxes increase?


The appraised value can change, but the amount of school taxes on your homestead cannot increase. Normal repairs, maintenance and the economic impact of the market cannot increase the amount of taxes you will pay once a tax ceiling is in place on that homestead. Therefore, if this bond election is successful, it will not have an impact on the tax bill for homesteads that are receiving the senior citizen exemption, unless you make significant improvements to your home.





Selling Bonds

Upon approval of the bond referendum, is the entire amount issued all at once?


No. The district will only issue bonds to cover the cost of projects at the time they are needed and approved by the School Board. If the bond election is approved by voters, it grants the Board of Trustees the authorization to sell bonds when necessary. The Board can consider the economic outlook, market rates, and project timelines before selling any bonds




Are turf and track financed by long-term bonds?


No. To save taxpayers, items in the bond package that have a short lifespan will only be financed by short-term bonds.




When and at what rate will you be selling the bonds?


The district’s financial services consultant, Jeff Robert has not yet set an exact date for selling the school district bonds. Bond rates will be determined at the time of the sale. Fortunately, the current interest rates for school district bonds are low which will result in savings for taxpayers.




Does the Superintendent’s husband work for a sports construction company?


Dr. Robin Bullock was named the Acting Superintendent of Allen ISD in October 2019, and on November 1, 2019, she filed a “Local Government Officer Conflicts Disclosure Statement” that has been publicly available on the Allen ISD website. The statement describes, “Hellas Construction is a sports construction company that has been providing services to Allen ISD since 2004. My husband began working for Hellas in 2009, and he is currently the Vice President of Sales and Business Development, with 1% ownership. I have been employed with Allen ISD since 2013.”

The statement may be viewed in full here: https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/5/Disclosures%202019/CIS-Robin%20edit.pdf

In 2020, his ownership stake increased to 2%, and the disclosure statement was promptly updated on the website in August 2020 to reflect this change. It is worth noting that Dr. Bullock’s husband is a salaried employee with Hellas and does not receive commission on individual projects. The statement is available in full here:

https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/5/CIS%20_Robin%20Bullock_08.2020%20update.pdf

Hellas has provided services to Allen ISD since 2004, prior to either Dr. Bullock’s arrival in Allen ISD (2013) or her husband’s employment at Hellas Construction (2009). The school district has in the past and will continue to follow the legal procurement processes before awarding any contracts related to the projects in this bond proposal. Dr. Bullock has not been and will not be involved in the procurement process with Hellas.

Hellas is not in any manner guaranteed to be selected for future projects. Generally, the company that installs turf or track is chosen directly by the construction manager, not the school district.

Hellas Construction provides services to professional sports teams, colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts throughout DFW, the state of Texas, and the nation. Their clients include the Dallas Cowboys (Hellas installed turf at AT&T Stadium and The Star in Frisco), Houston Texas (NRG Stadium), Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, University of Texas-Austin (Campbell-Williams Field), Baylor University (McLane Stadium), University of Texas-San Antonio, North Dakota State University, and Grambling State University.

Several surrounding large school districts in Texas and the DFW region also utilize Hellas’ services. For a full list of schools and organizations that utilize Hellas, please visit http://www.hellasconstruction.com/Project-Library/.

Below is a map from the Hellas website which shows the number of projects the company has worked on throughout the United States:




How does Allen ISD select construction companies?


Per Board Policy, any single, budgeted purchase of goods or services that costs $75,000 or more, regardless of whether the goods or services are competitively purchased, shall require Board approval before a transaction may take place. Specifically regarding construction projects, Daniel Pitcock, Allen ISD’s Deputy Superintendent, is charged with the selection and recommendation to the Board in accordance with policy. Mr. Pitcock has been responsible for the selection and recommendation dating back to 2014 when he served as the Chief Operations Officer/Assistant Superintendent. When awarding a contract, Allen ISD follows Texas Education Code 44.031(b) and considers:

  1. Purchase price.
  2. The reputation of the vendor and of the vendor's goods or services.
  3. The quality of the vendor's goods or services.
  4. The extent to which the goods or services meet the district's needs.
  5. The vendor's past relationship with the district.
  6. The impact on the ability of the district to comply with laws relating to historically underutilized businesses.
  7. The total long-term cost to the district to acquire the goods or services.
  8. For a contract that is not for goods and services related to telecommunications and information services, building construction and maintenance, or instructional materials, whether the vendor or the vendor's ultimate parent company or majority owner has its principal place of business in this state or employs at least 500 persons in this state.
  9. Any other relevant factor specifically listed in the request for bids or proposals.





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