Diboll ISD says proposed bond could bring school into 21st century

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DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Some Diboll school administrators and parents say the Diboll School District is need of a major upgrade. That's why they're pushing to pass a $22.5 million school bond. That money would be used to build a new school for grades kindergarten through sixth.

Limited space, rusty bathrooms and leaky ceilings are just a few reasons some parents say a new school is necessary.

"I think it'd be a lot more beneficial for them to have something bigger and nicer," said Chandra Cheshire, parent.

Cheshire wants six-year-old Garrison in a new facility. "There's a lot of safety issues because this building has been patched a lot."

Temple Elementary was built in 1953. The school's proximity to Temple Inland Plant prompted the EPA to launch an investigation into the school's air quality.

"I think it might help because the mill is right here directly across the street and they will move a little bit further down the road from that so that would definitely help them," said Cheshire. "They wouldn't be playing in a playground right beside the mill."

Superintendent Gary Martel said the bond election and EPA testing is purely coincidental.

"K through 6 would basically take care of more than half of our district," said Martel.  "That would mean new facilities for more than half of our district with the chance to grow, but it has nothing to do with the TCEQ and that. It just happened to fall at the same time."

Martel said kindergarten through fifth grade is growing so fast, the district can't keep up. "I still think we miss on a number of students that come through that don't stop at our district because our facilities are not up to par with neighboring districts," he said.

With three little girls soon to be school aged, Cheshire said an upgrade is needed.

"Everything is improving," she said. "I think we should approve what's best for our children."

Election day for the school bond is November 3.

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