The four Wichita Falls school district board of trustee at large candidates are taking a stand on the bond proposal.
Two of the them support passage, and two oppose it.
But despite their differences on the bond, all four agree an emphasis on safety and security and developing a career and technology center is a must.
There is no disagreement among the WFISD school board at large candidates that changes need to be made within the district, but all have a different view how those changes should be implemented.
Kerry Maroney, a past school board member believes the $125 million bond proposal is the right plan for the future. The plan came from ideas from the community through the citizens advisory committee which he chaired.
“We brought three recommendations to them and they adopted three of those recommendations with somewhat of a modification but its very close to one of our three plans,” he said.
Elizabeth Yeager also served on the citizens committee, but she does not support the bond plan the current board put together from the committee's report.
“I feel like the location on the far west side of town will place a burden on so many of our families who really need us to be supportive and help them with added transportation and costs will hurt those families,” she said.
Bill Franklin also opposes the bond issue in May.
He says he won't vote for it because there was a less expensive solution to school needs in a consultants study, and also because the board ignored some CFAT recommendations.
“And rejected the MGT study that called for a different way to fix the schools at a much cheaper price and also chose to ignore the CFAT recommendations on what to do to fix the schools,” he said.
But the financial impact is what Allyson Flack, the one at large incumbent in the race, says convinced her to support the bond plan.
She says overall costs will decrease for the district by consolidating the schools and she says that will allow for more opportunities for students.
“Like I say, you have a little bit bigger high school you can offer a little bit more of a variety of AP courses, some fine arts courses, just some more options for our students as well that I think would benefit them all as well,” Flack said.
Early voting begins for the bond and board election begins, Monday, April 28th and goes through Tuesday, May 6th.
Election day is Saturday, May 10th.
If you aren't registered to vote, you have until Thursday, April 10th to do so.
If you still need more information about the WFISD bond proposal before you go to the polls, starting Monday the district will host informational town hall meetings.
On Monday, at Wichita Falls high school the first of three meetings will be held. It will begin at 6 pm.
The other meetings will be the following week on April 14th and 15th at the other two high school campuses, also at 6 pm.
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