NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In a split vote Monday evening, the Nacogdoches ISD school board voted to set a $43.3 million bond election for new construction and improvements to existing buildings for Nov. 3.
The bond election will be for the "issuance of a $43.3 million bond for the construction, acquisition, equipment, and building of school buildings in the district, including two new elementary schools, and expansion of McMichael Middle School and the levying of taxes and the payment thereof."
Part of the bond money will be used to build a new Carpenter Elementary School at or near the existing site of the 52-year-old campus, along with another new elementary campus on the northeast side of town.
The vote was four members for the bond election and three against.
The Nacogdoches ISD school board voted to delay the vote until Monday on Aug. 20.
Instead, the school board decided to hold a second workshop with talks that included which Nacogdoches ISD schools could get an upgrade in a proposed school bond.
They said they needed more information on the proposed bonds because several members of the school board were unable to attend the first workshop.
The workshop took place after Thursday's school board meeting, which allowed the members to meet with a steering committee, consisting of teachers and community members, which proposed two options for a bond after crunching number and looking at several statistics.
Both of the options include plans to rebuild Carpenter Elementary, which is in need of dire improvements.
Several community members, parents, and educators spoke at the meeting and explained to the school board why the bond is needed in order to helps the students of Carpenter Elementary.