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Nacogdoches residents and board members discuss proposed $60 million bond

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

For the last few weeks, the issue of the Nacogdoches ISD facility plan has become a hot topic and has received a lot of attention.

Monday night, the issue took center stage at a special called board meeting.

It seemed the last major issue in the facility assessment plan was taken care of before the workshop when the district decided to move a proposed elementary school from a controversial Appleby Sand road location to one on the north loop.

"It was wonderful to hear that they had listened to us," Nacogdoches resident Lou Ann Miller said.

Nacogdoches officials say the move has little effect.

"It's still going to be the same size school," Associate Superintendent Grey Burton said. "It only changes the area of where the school was."

Monday's workshop was the final workshop before a bond was to be presented and more questions arose.  The mainly issue many were worried about was would a $60 million bond pass a vote by residents who will have to take on higher taxes.

One way around the bond that was presented by various community members and discussed by board members was an option to present two bonds to the public. One with all of the changed plans including a brand new elementary school, a rebuilt school, various improvements to other campuses and $4 million in athletic improvements, all of which the district feels is needed.

"These were all priority one items, meaning high importance items; the things we had paired down and needed to work on immediately," Burton said.

The other option presented was a stripped down version of the bond that would total $40 million and would excluding athletic upgrades and some security measures. It would leave in bot the new and rebuilt campus.

"We don't want to do things that the community doesn't feel like they need or they want, so that is the reason for the meetings," Burton said. "That's the reason we continue to get input, that's the reason we continue to change the plan as we go."

It's unclear at this time if committee groups will present two bonds to the board at the meeting on Feb.20. The open meeting starts 6 pm at the administration building.

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