Citizens will vote Saturday yes or no over TISD bond
POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 3:07pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Tyler citizens head to the polls Saturday to vote on the TISD school bond.
The fate of the $160.5 million bond lays in the hands of voters.
If passed, the bond would fund six projects.
It includes remodeling Rice and Dixie Elementary School, construction of a new Boulter a new Moore School and a new middle school in southwest Tyler.
The bond also includes construction of a Career and Technical Education Center for Robert E Lee and John Tyler High School students.
Dawn Parnell says if the bond passes, construction will start in 2015, giving the district a few years to look at enrollment and how to best utilize space.
"Having bigger middle schools will give us the ability to offer more course offerings, increase our efficiency our financial efficiency so we're just looking at ways to do that as we move forward in the 21st century,"said Parnell.
Both supporters and opposers of the bond are gearing up for a last minute election push.
Tyler Proud has hundreds of people making calls handing out fliers going door to door and encouraging residents to vote yes on the bond.
"We really feel like it's a great message. It's a great bond. It just needs to get out to everyone so we've been working that and we're really on that home stretch and pushing our supporters out to the polls," said President Mark Randall.
Meanwhile, Grassroots America continues to encourage the public to vote no on the bond.
"We're not going to let them forget it they will be hearing from us more and more on these issues because it's too important to let go," said Director of Grassroots America Joann Fleming.