POSTED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 10:33am
At Monday's TISD board meeting, the board decided it would be best to postpone putting the bond on the November ballot until at least May.
They made the decision after opening up the microphone to the community and hearing what they had to say.
Grassroots board member and Chairman of the Tyler ISD Watchdog Committee Rick Eisenbach tells KETK, they are happy with the board's decision.
He says, there are too many things to be considered before voting on a bond election.
And, he says, it's important to fix what's broken first, before building new schools and making an even bigger mess.
He says, "It's gotten to the point that teachers can't teach and students who want to learn can't learn but that needs to be dealt with."
Grassroots members say, academics are the bigger issue, and the board has a moral obligation to the community to get that right, first-- before building a new high school.
Here is GAWTP's full statement following Monday's meeting:
"First, we want to publicly thank interim Superintendent Gary Mooring and staff for providing more information regarding the five issues we’ve raised repeatedly with the District since the last bond election. We received the information on Friday. We will review it closely and provide follow-up commentary and questions. This evening, we emphasize to the media and to those unaware of our ongoing efforts with the Tyler ISD that Grassroots America does not consider itself to be in an adversarial posture with the TISD Board and superintendent. We have a long history of meeting with the superintendent, staff, and board members in an effort to understand District policy regarding fiscal, academic and facility matters. Grassroots America offers solutions and supports the District in its budget streamlining efforts. If our only goal was to merely oppose TISD, we would not put our concerns in writing and repeatedly ask the District to pay attention to the reasonable questions we are asking. We would simply keep the concerns to ourselves and wait for the District to put a bond package forward and use the unanswered questions to try to defeat the bond election. Instead, we have attempted to get the District to focus on answering these questions since the last bond election failed. Although the bond election was defeated with a narrow margin of votes, what the outcome actually meant was that more than half the voters did not support the District’s bond plans. The economic climate in which we live today makes it ever more difficult for people to vote for more debt; therefore, Grassroots America urges the Tyler ISD Board to forgo a November bond election and refocus on bold and decisive leadership for measurable academic success across the district and on supporting teachers and staff with a new plan to take on the severe and growing problems with campus discipline.
The truth is – Tyler ISD has serious, unresolved discipline issues – especially on the high school campuses – which severely hamper teaching and make the environment unsafe for teachers to teach and students to learn.
Until the Board puts forth a bold, decisive plan to deal with the recent failing ratings of the two high schools, addresses a new academic covenant with the community, and faces the discipline problems head-on to give teachers relief, we cannot give a favorable nod to a bond election of any kind.
We urge you to take time to do this right. Putting old problems in new buildings won’t solve the problem."
GAWTP says, there are five ways the district's long-range plan is incomplete.
To read the other four points being made by GAWTP--- you can click on the following attachment.
|Tyler ISD Five ways long range plan is incomplete 8.6.12.pdf ||97.42 KB|