AUSTIN – Lake Travis ISD’s Board of Trustees has called for a $253 million bond election for new campuses, renovations and upgrades.

The district said in a release that the board unanimously approved the order calling for the Nov. 7 bond election. Student enrollment has increased by approximately 76 percent in the last decade, and Lake Travis ISD is expecting district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 during the next 10 years.

Major components of Lake Travis ISD’s 2017 bond include a third middle school, a seventh elementary school, upgrades/renovations/repairs to existing buildings and school buses. The district said it has allocated $1.3 million of the bond package to bring the district in line with Senate Bill 693, which requires school districts install seat belts on any school bus purchased after September 2017. Lake Travis ISD said it will equip its existing fleet with seat belts.

“We are obligated to meet the requirements of this new law,” said Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster said in a statement. “We are lucky enough to have the advantage of an upcoming bond election to address this issue.”

Lancaster added the 2017 bond package can be done without increasing their tax rate. The last bond election for Lake Travis ISD was held in 2011, in which voters approved $158.5 million for expanding two campuses and building two more.