Of course EPISD needs bond money to fix our schools. Past school boards have neglected basic maintenance that should have been paid for out of maintenance and operations funds, not future bonds.
What they don’t need is a lot of money all at one time.
Take the case of the new Jefferson high school stadium. The school board voted this year to spend $2.8 million dollars “leftover” from their 2007 bond issue.
By the way, we are not opposed to Jefferson having a stadium. We are opposed to Jefferson having a stadium that the voters did not approve.
Leftover my foot
The voters did not authorize building the stadium when they voted nine years ago in 2007. If for some reason the district ended up with unspent money it should have been returned to the voters by reducing debt.
Can you imagine what will happen nine years from now if we give the district over six hundred million dollars all at one time?
They can’t handle the construction involved with that much money in just five years.
The reasonable thing for the district to do is to ask for a smaller sum, say $100 million. Tell us specifically what they want to do with it. Convince us to approve the money. Then do exactly what they said they want to do with the money in a short period of time. Earn our respect and trust. Then ask for another dollop.
We deserve better