WFISD's CFAT Chooses Three Bond Proposal Recommendations to Present to School Board

Published 02/04 2014 10:23PM

Updated 02/04 2014 11:05PM

Members of the Wichita Falls Independent School District's Community Facilities Action Team, or CFAT, will bring three bond proposal recommendations to the district's school board next week.

Last week, the committee selected two bond proposal recommendations and Tuesday's meeting was suppose to finalize those options. 

However, CFAT Chairman Kerry Maroney says CFAT members spent the last week talking with folks in the community educating them on their recommendations but they came back worried district residents wouldn't consider voting for a bond proposal because of the price tag which ranged between $151 million and $197.5 million dollars.

CFAT reviewed all their options and wanted to get their recommendation down to a range in between $100 million and $125 million dollars.

Maroney says all plans include junior high renovations that include making space for 6th graders, stadium improvements which include paving the parking lots, making upgrades to the locker rooms, and making the stadium ADA accessible.

Also, the plans include safety and security upgrades to all schools.

He says voters will have to look at each plan carefully to decide what's best for the district's students.

Maroney says, "We certainly have the need. It's being able to articulate and share that education and be able to make the community understand that we do have some needs and this is a perfect opportunity with some debt rolling off to be able to address it."

CFAT's three options:

Concept B got the most votes from CFAT members. 

It's a three high school plan.

A new Wichita Falls High School would be built with a capacity for 1800 students.

Hirschi would remain a comprehensive high school and renovations would be made to Rider.

A stand alone career technology center would also be built on WFISD property.

This plan would cost $110.7 million and $133.7 million.

Concept D-1, which was proposed last week, came in second. 

It's a two high school plan.

One new high school would be built in the north part of town on the Hirschi site and the another in the south part of town on the McNeil Junior High site.

Each has a student capacity of 1900 students and also includes the career technology center.

This plan would cost between $151 million and $197.5 million.

Lastly, Concept A will also be presented to the school board.

This is a two high school plan.

A new high school would be built for Rider and Old High students in 10th through 12th grade.

Hirschi would remain a comprehensive high school and a career technology center would be added to its campus.

A 9th grade center would also be built next to the new high school for its 9th grade students.

This plan would cost $107.5 to $145 million.

CFAT members will present their bond proposal recommendations to the school board next week on Feb. 11.

The school board will take these options and modify or accept them for a bond election in May.

CFAT meeting information is posted on WFISD's website.

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