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WFISD's CFAT Narrows Down Bond Proposal Recommendation to Two Plans

Members of the Wichita Falls Independent School District's Community Facilities Action Team or CFAT say they are ready to make a bond proposal recommendation to the district's school board.
Members of the Wichita Falls Independent School District's Community Facilities Action Team or CFAT say they are ready to make a bond proposal recommendation to the district's school board.

CFAT members were given the responsibility of selecting two concept plan options they believe Wichita Falls voters would approve in a bond election.

On Tuesday evening, CFAT members were given two new concept plans, D-1 and D-2 along with Concept Plans A,B,C and D which were presented last week.

CFAT unanimously voted to narrow down their options to two.

Both plans include junior high renovations, stadium improvements and safety and security upgrades to all schools.

Also, the plans would do away with Rider, Old High and Hirschi and all 9th through 12th grade students would be part of the two new schools. 

Concept D, or option one, would be a two high school plan with two new high schools.

One would be centrally located and the other would be built in the southwest part of town.

Each school would have a capacity of 1900 students.

A career technology center would also be built on district owned land.

This plan costs between $163 and $197.5 million dollars.

The second option, D-1, is the exact same as the first but one high school would be built in the north part of town and the other in the south.

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

CFAT Chairman Kerry Maroney says it is now up to the CFAT and WFISD to educate voters on these two options.

"It's going to be up to the CFAT committee to get on board and start campaigning and selling that to the community," Maroney says. "It's a big job. It's a real big job but educating the community is all part of a bond issue and a bond process."

CFAT will be making their bond proposal recommendations to the school board on Feb. 11.

The board will either modify or accept their recommendations at the end of February and the bond could go to the voters in the May election.

Maroney says plans to include the construction of a new elementary school in the bond proposal will be left to the school board.

The decision to include an new elementary school would drive up the cost of each concept plan.

For more information on Monday's CFAT meeting, click on the link.

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