Nacogdoches residents and board members discuss proposed $60 million bond

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For the last few weeks,the issue of the Nacogdoches ISD facility plan has become a hot topic and hasreceived a lot of attention.

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

It seemed the last majorissue in the facility assessment plan was taken care of before the workshopwhen the district decided to move a proposed elementary school from a controversialAppleby Sand road location to one on the north loop.

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

Nacogdoches officials saythe move has little effect.

"It's still going tobe the same size school," Associate Superintendent Grey Burton said. "It onlychanges the area of where the school was."

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

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

"These were allpriority one items, meaning high importance items; the things we had paireddown and needed to work on immediately," Burton said.

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

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

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

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