Well we are now hearing that the El Paso Independent School District is going to gear up for a bond election in November of 2016.
District officials are saying that the Ysleta bond process taught them a few things. They plan to place far more emphasis on a citizen advisory committee. We should also expect to see our state senator visiting campuses to educate the 18 year olds in the district about their responsibility as citizens to register to vote and then vote at the bond election.
Few of us will dispute the fact that some of the schools are in sad shape. We will be told that others need to be expanded so that smaller schools can be closed.
In the past we have been told that a consultant’s report indicated that it will take about one billion dollars to make the changes.
We should encourage the school board and the administrators make their bond requests of reasonable size. The citizens of El Paso are living through the disastrous situation where they gave the city $420 million for quality of life bonds and the city engineering organization was overwhelmed with their new work load.
The district also has a history of promoting specific bond projects (I can think of two high schools) and then using the money for something else.
We deserve better