POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:14pm
Liberty City, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Sabine ISD trustees voted 6-1 Tuesday to seek $19.8 million to replace the elementary school with a new facility in a new location.
The lack of unanimity highlights the sole point of dissension over replacing a campus built in 1935 and improved eight times during ensuing decades.
“I very much know we need a new elementary school — I know very few people in this community who do not (know),” trustee Martha Wright said after casting the lone dissent on the May 11 referendum.
Her issue, and that of one of seven residents who spoke during an open forum before the vote, was the location.
A district committee had recommended the new campus be on almost 45 acres the district bought for $630,000 in 2009 that’s bounded on the south by the frontage road to Interstate 20.
“The people that elected me were outspoken in not wanting a school there,” Wright said as the board adjourned to discuss personnel in closed session.
The open portion of Tuesday’s meeting was in the high school auditorium to accommodate a crowd of about 75 — many of them teachers. Superintendent Stacey Bryce said several were members of the steering committee that recommended the bond and the I-20 location.
“I think ... everybody in here admits we need a school, need a new building,” resident John Heffner told trustees.
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