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How WFISD Plans to Use Wichita Falls High School if Bond Passes

Many changes are ahead for secondary education within WFISD should a $125 million dollar bond proposal pass in May.

Many changes are ahead for secondary education within WFISD should a $125 million dollar bond proposal pass in May.

One question many voters have is what will happen to the Wichita Falls High School building and campus if it's closed and merged into the new, larger school.

Some of the school board's plans are not concrete.

The school board isn't sure if their plan to build the career and technology center on Old High's track field will work.

The WFISD opted to hold off on testing soil and hiring an architect before the bond election to save money.

But, they say they are assuring residents Old High will not be demolished and have ideas how they want to use the building.

On nearly 14 acres of land sits a cherished building in this old neighborhood.

It's a place, former Wichita Falls High School student and neighborhood resident, Marissa Mendoza, wants to remain a high school.

I don't want to see Old High go. I like Old High. Old High was a really nice school, the staff is really great,” she said.

But should the WFISD's $125 million bond proposal pass on May 10th, Old High's track could become the home of a career and technology education center.

And the WFISD says Old High would be used for other things.

We think initially we would reserve space for alumni groups. We think we would provide space for civic groups. The auditorium could easily be used for teacher training and staff training, the gym area and weight room we think would ideal for a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club or the YMCA or both,” said Dr. John Frossard, WFISD Superintendent.

Other neighbors are more favorable to improvements and changes.

David Phillips is eager to see a CTE center.

For the students, it will make them all attend school more and then they would have cosmetology and engineering. Like I said and make them go to school more so they can have their career already set and their goals already to achieve,” he said.

And school officials say if the CTE center is a success, they could use Old High for extra space.

It depends on the success of the program but many of those programs in other communities have really taken off and that could give us kind of a backup plan for a little more classroom space if we happen to need it,” said Dr. Frossard.

School officials say they have discussed moving administration to Old High as well.

But they say that change will not be determined by the passage of this bond.

If you are interested in learning about some of those changes you have two more chances next week to hear from school officials about their plan.

WFISD will hold two town hall meetings on the bond next week.

One meeting will be held Monday at Hirschi, the other Tuesday at Rider.

Both meetings will start at 6 p.m..


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