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WFISD School Board Candidates Discuss Career Training Center

We're a little over two weeks away from WFISD elections, and candidates are taking every opportunity to let their voice be heard.
We're a little over two weeks away from WFISD elections, and candidates are taking every opportunity to let their voice be heard.

As your local election headquarters we are asking them the questions you want answered.

There were two questions about the career and technical education center that is part of the bond and is expected to cost 24 million dollars.

Some concerns were brought up  during a forum where the candidates spoke, about why we need the center since we already have a technical college in the area.

All candidates running for the two at large seats, regardless of being for or against the bond, say they believe some type vocational training should be implemented into the WFISD school system but their opinions varied slightly on why it should be done and what is the best way to make it happen.

“This is something sorely needed in Wichita Falls, its a single location, it will be open to all of our kids throughout of district regardless of what school they go to, it is a collaborative effort with Vernon Regional so we will have an opportunity to share those facilities with Vernon Regional and then also do coordination with Midwestern State University,” says Candidate Kerry Maroney.

“Some kids are just still not going to go into college and to have some kind of licensing, some kind of vocation so they can step out of school and support their families so they can make a living is really important,” says Candidate Allyson Flack.

“I absolutely think it needs to be part of our high school curriculum and options that we provide students, we have a large number of students who won't go to college,” says Elizabeth Yeager.

“I'm very much in favor of a CTE career training school, I’m in favor of putting it at Hirshi High School because it saves about 15 million dollars to do that and i think it's something we need as a community because when we talk to industries, that's the first thing they ask is wheres your schools work force and so we need to have that here,” says Candidate Bill Franklin.

If passed the career and training center will be able to accommodate a thousand students a day.

Early voting begins next Monday and runs through May 6th.

Election day is Saturday, May 10th.

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