Educate yourselves on school bond issue

Aug. 11, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Victorians, I have been hearing and reading a lot about the bond issue. Most of what I have heard and read about on Facebook has been skewed, misrepresented or just down right wrong.

Social media is a powerful tool that can be used for good or not. Please educate yourself by going to one of the presentations. Call the district and ask questions. People are getting caught up with costs of ticket booths and public Wi-Fi and missing the big picture, which you would get if you went to one of many public presentations that have been given.

It is a fact, right or wrong, that a city and school district are judged by their sporting facilities and how well the high school(s) football team does. After all, football is king in Texas. It is an embarrassment that Victoria ISD is a 5A district and cannot even hold a track meet. We don't have a competition track!

This bond is for the future of Victoria, primarily the students. Forget about the sports facilities for a moment. Did you know that if this bond passes - and because VISD is a Microsoft district - it could qualify for an e-rate that would provide every incoming freshman a laptop? Some of you are hung up on Wi-Fi and the cost of ticket booths. You would know about the e-rate if you had bothered to attend a presentation.

There is going to be a bond presentation at West High School on Monday, presented by the baseball booster club. I'm sure they would welcome the general public.

The four school buildings that will be built are desperately needed. This bond is not something that came about on a whim. It has been a two-year process with many hundreds, if not thousands, of man hours to get this down to $141 million. $93 million was cut out of the initial needs assessment.

Don't just look at the PowerPoint on the district website. It's a good start, but a verbal explanation enhances the presentation and answers the questions I've seen and heard.

Please, please, please properly educate yourself before supplying questionable information on social media or across the back fence for those who still talk to their neighbors.

Rant over.

Rick Streeter, Victoria


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