NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Details of two school bond proposals will be presented to the Nacogdoches School Board Tuesday evening.
The public is invited to hear firsthand a special committee's recommendation. The proposals come after last year's failed attempt to pass a bond issue.
One committee member told East Texas News it's time to update NISD's buildings.
Dr. Marc Guidry's life is education as associate dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Lately he's turned much of his attention to Nacogdoches' public schools. His conclusion is Nacogdoches elementary schools are too old to achieve the district's needs.
"We need to increase capacity. We have longevity issues," Guidry said. "All the elementary schools in NISD, except for Brooks Quinn Jones, are over 50 years old."
Guidry says poor buildings can bring down the performance of students. The committee is proposing two bond options.
"They both provide two completely new elementary schools, which we need," Guidry said. "Rebuilding Carpenter and then a new school in the northeast."
In addition, reassignments of schools with one junior high and two intermediate schools is proposed.
The options range from $54 to $57 million with an annual tax increase of about $98 for a home accessed at $100,000. Older and disabled taxpayers would see no change in their tax rate. The challenge is passage of basically the same proposal as the one that failed last year, excluding football field improvements.
"Two groups independently came to the same conclusion that the needs are there," Guidry said. We've got to address them. If we don't address them then we're just going to continue to struggle as a school district, as a community."
Guidry says excellent schools will attract new business and growth to Nacogdoches.
The bond committee will present the two options to the Nacogdoches School Board Tuesday at six o'clock in the district support center. No action will be taken.