WFISD $125 Million Bond Does Not Pass

Published 05/10 2014 07:45PM

Updated 05/10 2014 10:16PM

Voters in Wichita Falls have spoken and decided they did not want WFISD to implement that $125 million bond.

73 percent of voters, or 7,553 total votes, voted against the bond, meaning it did not pass.

Opponents of the issue, like those involved with Community for a Better Bond, argued the bond was not the right one to solve the district's problems.

Since 2008, WFISD officials say the low socio-economic population has risen in the district from 54 to 65 percent.

Opponents said consolidating schools was not the way to best educate those students.

Of the $125 million that would have been invested in the bond, $64 million would have gone to the construction of a new high school for Wichita Falls High and Rider High School in 10th through 12th graders at the Memorial Stadium Complex with a capacity of 1900 students; $2.3 million would have been used to renovate McNiel junior high, which would then become a 9th grade center; Hirschi would have received $10 million in renovations and would be the second and smaller of the two high schools; and $24.2 million would have been set aside for the construction of a new career and technology education center.

The bond also included money to address safety and security issues at all schools, renovate Memorial Stadium, and make improvements junior high facilities.

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