Another Texoma school district is hoping residents vote to approve a bond that supports structural and security upgrades.
The proposal totals more than $24 million improvements to two elementary schools, the high school and the W.F. George Middle School.
Darla Biddy has been the principal of W.F. George Middle School in Iowa Park for more than 12 years and she said she believes the school district’s proposed bond of $24.5 million will benefit the students.
“We do have a large number of safety features already, but all districts, not just in Texas but nationwide, we always want to improve that,” Biddy said.
More than $18 million will go toward improving the middle school which was built in 1940, such as enclosing buildings, addressing drainage issues and more.
“We will be addressing some new classroom spaces with certainly technology upgrades in those spaces as well,” Biddy said. “And making sure that the class size is appropriate for the number of students we serve.”
Iowa Park Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Steve Moody said this new bond is an addition to the bond that passed in 2012.
“When we had the 2012 bond it was indicated then from the school board at that time that we wanted to come back eventually look at the middle school campus,” Moody said.
Currently, the tax rate for those living in Iowa Park CISD is $1.33 per $100 of assessed value. If this bond passes, there will be a $0.20 increase.
“Timing-wise this is good because we are retiring some debt, we had a bond that we are paying back from 1999, so we are freeing up funds,” Moody said.
“I think the fact that we have maintained this building since1923 and remodeled shows that we have been careful and conscientious about how we’ve spent money,” Biddy said.
Both Moody and Biddy emphasize the school district will remain transparent to voters because it is their choice in the end.
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