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Woodsboro ISD proposes $5 million bond for school improvements

By JR Ortega
Oct. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2013 at 5:28 a.m.


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Woodsboro school district hopes to finish what it started in 2005 with another bond election - this time in the sum of $5 million.

In 2005, voters approved a $9.9 million bond to help bring school structures in poor condition up to standard.

The $5.5 million bond being voted on Nov. 5, if approved, will continue those improvements, with focus on the field house, auditorium, band hall and classroom upgrades at the elementary school, said Woodsboro Superintendent Stephen Self.

"I see it happening," Self said. "We've got something in it for almost everyone."

Aside from upgrades to existing buildings, the bond would allow the school to work with area colleges and universities to create career and technical education classrooms at the junior high, Self added.

If passed, the bond would add about $47.16 to the tax bill of an average Woodsboro home, valued at $39,867. It would add about $118.29 to a $100,000 home.

Self anticipates a win for several reasons, such as a revenue tax base tripling. The tax base went from $94 million in 2005 to $285 million to date. Self attributed this to new oil and gas pipelines in the area.

"We've got more capacity for bonds than we've had," he said.

Another reason is that the improvement would impact not just the students and staff but also the community. For instance, the auditorium, he said, is used by area churches for events.

Since the last bond election, the improvements were made as well as a new addition, the Eagle Dome, which was partly funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency grants.

The 2005 bond took care of new electrical, plumbing and heating and cooling systems for many of the district's buildings.

The proposed bond would continue those projects in several other buildings.

Jason Jones, president of First National Bank of Woodsboro, agreed with Self that the buildings need improvements.

Jones said he has not heard of anyone opposed to the bond.

"There is nothing fancy in it," Jones said about the details of the bond. "It's there to benefit the kids. Just the basic necessities."

Self, who has gone into the community to give talks, said most people he has talked to supported the bond, and those who weren't in full support just needed to understand what the bond would cover.

Self considers it cut and dry - those who vote against it don't want to pay more taxes.

"Just from the past, the community has really supported everything we've done," he said.

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