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Nacogdoches ISD forming community committee to hopefully improve facilities

Nettie Marshall Elementary is one campus NISD believes could benefit from a school bond initiative. Nettie Marshall Elementary is one campus NISD believes could benefit from a school bond initiative.
Emeline Carpenter Elementary School has several portables as classrooms. Emeline Carpenter Elementary School has several portables as classrooms.
McMichael Middle School was built from the 2003 bond approved by NISD voters. McMichael Middle School was built from the 2003 bond approved by NISD voters.
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Independent School District is putting out a call for residents to attend a recruitment meeting on Thursday, May 28th to form a community-based group to serve on a committee to improve some of the district's facilities. 

Rayanne DuChane, NISD Communications Coordinator said, "What we'd like to do is bring a group of community people together to form a committee. And this committee will ultimately drive where this project goes." 

At Thursday's meeting, school officials will school taxpayers, residents, neighbors and the concerned about the current state of NISD facilities. The goal for those who agree to serve on the committee will spend the summer touring campus to see their conditions first hand and coming up with a recommendation for a potential school bond initiative this fall. 

To handle the population growth and maintenance and upkeep of facilities, DuChane says the District has been tapping into its reserves. She said thankfully NISD has had some fiscally-conservative boards over the last few years to build up a reserve. However, in order to better address the age and deterioration of certain campuses—like Nettie Marshall Elementary and Emeline Carpenter Elementary—the District has to stop dipping in to the reserve and get a bond.

Nacogdoches ISD last bond attempted $58.9 million failed in 2014 by only 289 votes.

"About 1,200 voters to 920 votes only 10.3% of the city's some 20,000 registered voters actually turned out to vote,” said DuChane.

The last school bond to pass in Nacogdoches was in 2003. From that approval, DuChane said three major projects were undertaken and completed:

  1. McMichael Middle School was built.
  2. Bricks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School was rebuilt
  3. The 9th Grade Center erected at Nacogdoches High School.
 “We're using every nook and cranny in some of these buildings..to try to keep kids in classrooms that are suitable," DuChane added. “We're inviting the Nacogdoches community” she said to attend NISD Facilities Committee on Thursday.

The meeting will be held at the Nacogdoches High School Commons and begins at 6 PM.

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