WFISD students are back to the books after a week off for spring break.
But, there's been no rest for a group working to educate the community about the WFISD bond proposal.
The committee is calling its campaign, "Bond and Build 2014," because members believe the community will bond together when so many projects are underway.
The $125 million plan would consolidate Wichita Falls High School and Rider to one large high school, keep Hirschi as the second and smaller high school and create a Career and Technology Education center.
The committee wants to "Bond and Build," and say there are a few facts that need to be clarified before you go to the polls, like for voters over age 65.
“Your taxes won't go up. They won't go up even if your home is re-evaluated. So this bond issue should it pass will have zero impact on your school taxes,” said Co-chair of the campaign, Kerry Maroney.
The school board says the goal of the bond is to provide a better education for students, but Maroney goes further, and says if the construction is contracted locally the community will equally benefit.
“That is one half a billion to ¾ of a billion dollars economic impact to Wichita Falls, that's huge, especially when in addition to new facilities for your students here at the school district,” he said.
As an engineer who is working with the city on its water woes, Maroney says both water and the bond can be handled at the same time, just as they have been before.
“We've been here before. In the early 1960's we built three new schools and we also built a lake, all in the period of five years. That's the type of vision, this is the city that faith built. That's the type of vision we had in the 1960's and that is the type of vision we need now to move Wichita Falls forward,” he said.
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