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WFISD's CFAT Reviews Telephone Survey Results And Bond Proposal Concept Plans

The Wichita Falls Independent School District's Community Facilities Action Team, or CFAT, met once again on Tuesday evening as they continue to work on tailoring a bond recommendation for the district's school board.
The Wichita Falls Independent School District's Community Facilities Action Team, or CFAT, met once again on Tuesday evening as they continue to work on tailoring a bond recommendation for the district's school board.

CFAT members got to hear the results of a telephone survey that was taken of registered voters in the district and they also got their first glimpse at four possible concept plans that may be recommended to the school board next month.

Matt Gamble, Vice President of Operations for Baselice and Associates, helped conduct the survey of 300 voters.

Gamble says voters answered questions on whether or not they would support different elements of a possible bond proposal.

He says voters were assessed on bond proposals worth $90 and $125 million.

Gamble says questions included the number of high schools voters would support and the location and construction of a new Wichita Falls High School.

He says if the election were to take place tomorrow, it would be very close so it's important for CFAT members to look at the results of the survey very closely and start educating voters.

"It should bear some weight on at least if they're curious what people think then they should definitely take that into consideration," Gamble says. 

In addition, CFAT members had an opportunity to look at four concept plans that may be used as bond proposal recommendations.

All four 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.

The plans also include safety and security upgrades to all schools and the construction of a new elementary school.

Concept A includes two high schools, Hirschi and a new high school for Rider and Old High students in 10th through 12th grade.

A 9th grade center would be created at the Old High or Rider campus and a career technology education center would be added at Hirschi.

This plan costs between $126 - $153 million.

Concept B would be a three high school plan with two new high schools for 9th through 12th graders.

Rider would be located on the McNeil site and Old High would be rebuilt at its current site.

Hirschi would remain a comprehensive high school with the addition of a career tech center.

This plan costs between $154 - $179 million.

Concept C is similar to Concept A but would not include a 9th grade center.

A new high school for Rider and Old High students would be built with a capacity for 3,200 students.

This plan costs between $161 - $192 million.

Concept D would be a two high school plan with two new high schools.

Hirschi would close and its students would go to the new high schools.

A career technology education center would also be built on district owned land located south of Kemp and Southwest Parkway.

This plan costs between $191 - $224.5 million dollars.

CFAT members will now try and vote down to two concept plans as early as next week.

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

The board will modify or accept their recommendations at the end of February for a bond election in May.

To see proposals and video presentations click here.
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