WFISD Board Continues Discussion on School Facilities Bond

- For months, Wichita Falls school board members have been in deep discussion about a school facilities bond.

Wichita Falls school board members met Tuesday to discuss and make any last minute changes to proposed components of the School Facilities Bond.

However, no major changes were made because school officials are still waiting to hear some pertinent information regarding the proposed $125 million bond.

Making major improvement in the Wichita Falls ISD would no doubt cost a lot of money.

"There's no doubt that we're all conscious of what that dollar amount is going to be and what the affect is going to be on the tax payer," says Kevin Goldstein, WFISD board president.

School board members discussed using a proposed $125 million bond to fund those major improvements.

They include building a $64 million high school for 1,900 10th through 12th graders at Memorial Stadium, building a $24.2 million districtwide Career and Technical Education Center, possibly at Wichita Falls High School, making renovations totaling $10 million to Hirschi High School to become a second, smaller school in the district, as well as making other renovations and improvements in the district that total more than $25 million.

The one thing school officials could not discuss further was the impact the proposed $125 million bond would have on taxpayers but officials say that discussion will come Wednesday afternoon.

"We hope at that time we'll be able to coordinate that and make sure that everyone understands how much per month it will be as an increase and an annual increase as well to the taxpayer," explained Goldstein.

It's projected for a $125 million bond, A person with a home valued at $100,000 would be paying anywhere between $120 to $135 more each year on taxes, depending on if the bond is paid over a 25 or 30 year period.

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