CFAT Members Split on Board's Bond Progress

The Wichita Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees is one week away from voting on a bond that will be put before district voters in the May election.

The school board is using bond proposal recommendations the WFISD's Community Facilities Action Team, or CFAT, crafted over the last several months.

However, how do members of that team feel the board is handling their suggestions?

CFAT members we spoke with are split on how the school board is now tailoring the bond, following their recommendations, and they hope their time and input is not taken for granted.  

CFAT was charged with coming up with bond proposal recommendations they felt the community would vote for in the election.

John Vasquez was one of 40 people who worked on the CFAT.

Members of the team spent about 770 hours working on their recommendations.

Vasquez feels all of that hard work is not paying off.

"At least to me, it seems like their minds were already made up before they even go in," Vasquez says. "They already knew they were going to do."

Vasquez wishes board members had spent more time looking at the proposals the CFAT came up with.

"Give more consideration to what we did and what we voted on as a group as far as what was the most popular," Vasquez says. 

However, not all CFAT members feel their time has been wasted.

Teresa Pontius Caves says she is glad that the board is listening to a majority of things that they spent their time on. 

Pontius Caves says in the end it's up to the board to decide on the best bond for the ballot.

"We were asked to review a difficult topic, come with recommendations not what's going to happen but a recommendation and the board has to take that and they have to be responsible to the voters and the community," Pontius Caves says. 

The school board is expected to vote on the bond next Wednesday. 

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