'Grassroots America' speaks out about TISD bond results
POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:07am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The Tyler ISD bond passed on Saturday, but one group isn't too happy about it. Grassroots America is speaking out, they say they're not going anywhere and will continue to address problems in the district.
"We all said the same thing Saturday night, why can't we have the premiere school district in East Texas," says David Stein, Tyler Proud Spokesperson.
The 2013 TISD bond has passed and after the bond was shot down in the 2010 election supporters of the bond did not give up.
On Saturday, 63% of voters were for the bond and 37 percent were against it, but leaders with grassroots of America say... they're not going away.
She says, it's sad to see buildings have become more of a priority than test scores.
"It doesn't mean that we're going to stop talking about the most important issue in education and the most important issue in education is what what we actually produce in the school buildings," says Joann Fleming, Director of Grassroots America "we the People."
Fleming says the community can expect Grassroots to address more district issues.
She says she's not happy with where Tyler ISD ranks among other schools in the county and state.
"Grassroots America considers this an educational crisis, we didn't before the bond election, we do now since the bond election has passed," says Joann Fleming, Director of Grassroots America "we the People."
Fleming says, this shouldn't be about economic development this should be about education.
The $160.5 million will fund six projects over the next two years, and Tyler ISD tells KETK they are thrilled with the results.
"The community came out, voted we had such a great turnout, it's just really a great mandate to move forward for the school district," says Dawn Parnell, Communications Tyler ISD.
Parnell says, this was the perfect time to get a bond considering the tax rate.
"We are at a special moment, I think we are at a defining moment from a community stand-point and you reach these points every so often," says David Stein, Tyler Proud Spokesperson.