Taxpayers Weigh in On WFISD Proposed Bond

Taxpayers are weighing in on a bond proposal the Wichita Falls school board is drafting for its schools.

School officials say the bond would renovate or rebuild Wichita Falls High School and Rider.

The WFISD is only in the beginning phase of crafting a bond which they plan to put in the May 2014 election and already taxpayer's opinions of the proposed bond are varied.

School officials say the bond would pay to upgrade school facilities which they say were graded sub-par in a Facilities Utilization Study conducted last spring.

Currently the WFISD school board is looking at three different bond proposal options.

One would build new buildings for Wichita Falls High School and Rider, and then renovate Hirschi High School.

Another would build a new facility for Wichita Falls High School and make renovations to Rider and Hirschi.

The third plan is to only to renovate all the high schools.

And now taxpayers are weighing in on the proposed bond plans.

“You can buy buildings but you cannot buy tradition, and tradition is part of our old buildings,” said Joseph Whalen.

“I think they do need some renovations or completely new schools but first of all I think they need to do what's best for the teachers and the students,” said Alberta Robinson.

“If possible you would like for them to do what is the cheapest but you also want them to do what will work in the long run,” said Jim Stewart. 

Wichita Falls school officials say the bond would also use money to add technology and safety measures.

They say the bond could cost anywhere from $60 to $100 million.

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