NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - More than 40 people from the Nacogdoches community showed up Thursday evening at the Nacogdoches High School Commons to learn more about the Nacogdoches Independent School District's (NISD) Community Facilities Committee.
“If you're a taxpayer for Nacogdoches ISD or have been, then you pay for these schools and you pay for them to move forward,” said NISD Superintendent Fred Hayes to the audience of students, parents, community members, faculty and school board members.
The recruitment meeting is the first step in the process of getting 100 people to serve on the steering committee. During the summer they will hold several meetings and tour many of the campuses to see what buildings condition in person. Three of the critical campuses are all elementary schools: Nettie Marshall, Emeline Carpenter and T.J. Rusk.
Hayes focused on three concerns in his conversation with the community. At those three campuses he is concerned with safety, capacity and efficiency.
For the 2014-2015, Haynes said, “We have set a record for enrollment for the elementary schools: 3,404 kids. That's the most ever in the district's history.”
Leslie Johnstone, a Nacogdoches resident, was concerned with the plan to deal with the overcrowding.
"Is there still a project or a thought of another elementary school that would alleviate the capacity problem? Johnstone asked while referencing some statistical information, “that would help with the problem with the temporary building?"
"Again it's going to be a discussion that I would encourage you to be involved with,” the superintendent responded. “But the thought right now is that if we consolidated those facilities out in that property again that we have out by Lowe's."
Marcie Fields, who has elementary-aged kids, expressed concerned about whether the current middle schools will be able to handle the record-setting elementary population.
“These kids are going to be out of elementary school in 3 years, 4 years. What's going to hold them? Are we going to have another bond election in 4 years? Because you only have 2 middle schools," Fields inquired.
Dr. Hayes answered by saying, "The facilities for these buildings and McMichael we built to handle the number of students coming up."
The next phase for the facilities committee is to meet during the summer and evaluate if a school bond proposal will be a reality by August.
"We have an idea of when we want to move forward with this bond,” Superintendent Hayes added. “We believe it ought to be in November 2015, but we want to hear from the community because the main thing we have to know is how to proceed."
To join the committee, call Rayanne DuChane, NISD Communications Coordinator, at (936) 569-5000, extension 8845 or email her at