Superintendents Discuss What Happens if Bonds Do Not Pass
Oct 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST
Oct 21, 2013
While new campuses will be added with the approval of the UISD bond, LISD wants to add more security and upgrade some of their campuses with their bond. Over one third of LISD's bond will go toward refinancing existing debt, while UISD said they are well beyond their peak enrollment and need for classrooms. But what happens if the bond is not approved? The UISD superintendent said the district might have to go to extreme measures, possibly having morning and night shifts or even year-round school. "I don't think it's good. A few years ago a neighboring district did it. It's not very good for teachers, not for students and obviously not good for parents. For us, that would be the last thing we look at. But we got to find a place for those students." UISD reports they have grown by 10,000 students in the last ten years, and many schools, like Nye elementary are maxed out on students, forcing some to relocate to other campuses. LISD on the other hand said they have a plan in place incase their bond does not pass, but hope it does not result to that. "Obviously we can buy portables or things like that. We already built into our budget some capital improvements. Right now believe focusing on this bond is our biggest importance." The bonds are on the ballot now. Early voting has already begun and Election Day will be held November 5.