POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:25am
Tyler,TX — Tyler ISD held a meeting Thursday night.
The board decided to put a bond issue before Tyler voters in May. The board says the district needs upgrades, but one group says, the price tag on the bond and will put the city in debt.
While Tyler ISD is moving forward their plan,
Grassroots of America tell KETK, new buildings are not going to improve test scores.
One parents tell KETK, he's for the news changes.
"The proposal was for $160.5 million dollars," says Dawn Parnell, Director of Communications, Tyler ISD.
A bond for renovations, building new schools, facilities, and providing a career and technology center for the high schools.
The bond was approved at the Tyler ISD board meeting, but Grassroots of America group tells KETK, "It's unfortunate that the district is going forward with the bond election," says JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots of America.
"The poor academic results I parts of our district, our question to the community is when is it going to be time to ask for and demand good academic results across the district."
"We feel that facilities are one piece of the puzzle and we continue to focus on academics and continue to focus on providing a safe and secure environment for our students," Dawn Parnell.
KETK spoke to a parent in Tyler and president of 'Tyler Proud' ,who spoke at the board meeting.
"We want your thoughts on the results of last night's board meeting to approve the bond that will be on the May ballot? "Well obviously 'Tyler Proud'...we are excited about it the move on the bond to go ahead and put it on the May ballot. We think it's a great opportunity to strengthen TISD and strengthen the community of Tyler," says Mark Randall, Parent in Tyler, President of 'Tyler Proud'.
Grassroots of America leaders also attended the meeting. they tell KETK, this pricey bond will affect tax payers. she says, forget the new buildings, what about the test scores..
"They are more interested in new buildings and I understand that the parents want a brand new shiny building for their kids but do you know what?.... We have to be concerned about what's going on in the new school building we already have," says Joann Fleming.