EPISD seems to be involved in a publicity campaign that tries to tie the bond issue to their past problems that have led to a lack of public trust.
It is probably fair to conclude that most voters do not see the current board of trustees in the same negative light that we saw past boards. The new board seems to be working hard to provide better educations to our children. Thankfully they appear to be doing it honestly. Contacts within the district tell us that there is a much stronger sense of “obeying the rules” in the rank and file of the organization.
The anticipated bond issue will not hinge on a matter of trust in the integrity of the current board.
The bond issue’s approval or failure will hinge on whether the voters believe that the district and it’s staff can handle such a massive construction budget effectively.
Unfortunately we have seen countless bond fiascos lately at the city, county, and hospital district. Even the most optimistic of us are learning that large, long-term bond issues are not handled well by our local governments.
At the school district we see that they are still trying to manage the funds that we gave them in a bond issue in 2007.
If it takes 10 years to spend any bond money that we might give them this fall, we will have an entirely new board–a board that is not committed to spending the money the way we voted by the time they get around to spending this new money.
Many voters feel that the district needs some bond money, but not the blank check that ends up getting issued when managing bond projects that span many years.
Once again let’s make the point that if the district were to pick a few projects that were based upon most urgent need and ask for bond money for those projects only, the voters would be more inclined to approve the bonds.
This is not about feeling sorry for the current board or administration. This is about common sense.
We deserve better