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Time running out for Nacogdoches ISD to set bond election for district-wide improvements

Amber Teal, member of the Nacogdoches ISD facilities steering committee, is concerned a new school at the Carpenter Elementary site will be removed from the recommended bond options. (Source: KTRE Staff) Amber Teal, member of the Nacogdoches ISD facilities steering committee, is concerned a new school at the Carpenter Elementary site will be removed from the recommended bond options. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Carpenter Elementary was built in 1964 and is the only school without interior hallways. (Source: KTRE Staff) Carpenter Elementary was built in 1964 and is the only school without interior hallways. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Teal is sensing certain school board members didn’t want to hear the committee report and had their minds already made up. The board met in workshop today on the proposed bond options.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Teal is sensing certain school board members didn’t want to hear the committee report and had their minds already made up. The board met in workshop today on the proposed bond options. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The Nacogdoches ISD school board was expected to decide Thursday night whether or not to call a school bond election. 

That has changed. After Thursday’s school board meeting, members will go into a workshop to discuss further the recommendations made by a facilities steering committee.

At least one of those committee members is concerned the recommendations won't be entirely followed. She spoke with East Texas News about her attempt to keep the bond issue on track.

"It's really nice on the outside, but once you step behind the fence or what the kids go through everyday than it is not as improved as people think,” said Amber Teal, a Facilities Steering Committee member.

Teal, a parent and a facilities steering committee member, wants the 52-year-old Carpenter Elementary School torn down and replaced with a modern, safer school. Does she think the entire school board is listening to the committee recommendation?

“They didn't want to hear all that we had to say,” Teal said. “They came with their own preconceived thoughts."

School board member Steve Green said Wednesday at a district convocation the board will listen to the committee, and no promises can be made.

"Everybody has got a different idea about how it should be run,” Green said. Somewhere in all that work you got to try to come together and try to figure out what you're gonna do."

Teal sensed overall from board members that nothing may be done for Carpenter, which sits in a predominantly African American neighborhood.

"Things that came up was “those people don't vote,” Teal said. “OK, because those people, those people, don't vote doesn't mean those children aren't worthy of what the other children receive now."

Carpenter children must go outside for everything, from the restroom to getting something out of their backpack.

“No other school in Nacogdoches has to do that,” Teal said. “All other schools have shiny hallways."

Teal is rallying community members after hearing consideration that Carpenter could be eliminated from any school bond proposal.

"Myself and a couple of other people have been going door to door to talk to people, holding meetings and talking to people about what's going on because it's very important right now,” Teal said.

Time is running out. Monday is the last day to call a bond election for it to go to voters in November.

We have an East Texas News reporter at tonight's workshop. We'll have an update to attendance and what was said tonight at 10 p.m.

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