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WFISD At Large Candidates Say Bond Should Not Decide Their Election

Candidates running for the Wichita Falls School Board At Large seats shared their thoughts on education at the Texas AmericanFederation of Teachers forum.

Candidates running for the Wichita Falls School Board At Large seats shared their thoughts on education at the Texas American Federation of Teachers forum.

Two candidates are for the WFISD $125 million bond, while the other two At Large candidates disagree with it.

But all four candidates say their race shouldn't be decided by one issue.

Four candidates are up against each other for two At Large positions for the Wichita Falls School Board during this election.

Also on the may ballot a $125 million bond proposal.

And though candidates are split on the bond, they all agree their opinion on it should not be the only reason to vote for them.

I am not a single issue candidate. I am pro bond obviously, I am for anything that will increase the opportunity for the kids, so I went all out in favor of the bond whatever the school board put out if it was going to increase the opportunity for the kids I'm for it,” said Kerry Maroney, one of the candidates.

Kerry Maroney is a previous school board member and chaired the Community Faculty Action Committee.

He and current board member, Allyson Flack want to see the bond pass.

Flack says her experience though is what makes her a good candidate for the next 4 years.

I'd like to think there is experience and integrity involved and those kinds of things that people look for besides just a vote,” she said.

And although being against the bond inspired Bill Franklin to run for the school board, he now says he sees many more issues he wants to fix.

Those other issues I stand for are better retention and attraction of teachers, better pay for teachers, more emphasis on fundamental learning,” said Franklin.

Elizabeth Yeager also against the bond, agrees.

Certainly there are more issues in our district than just this bond. We still have to educate our children we still have to support our teachers and that work continues regardless of the outcome of the bond election,” she said.

Whether or not its the bond issue or the at large race, one thing is for sure, voters have been flocking to the polls.

According to the Wichita County Clerk's Office more than 1,000 voters have already cast their ballot.

They say about 350 ballots were cast at Sikes Senter mall, just under 750 voted at home depot, and a little under 100 at the Wichita County Courthouse.



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