NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - School bond proponents in Nacogdoches ISD received two influential endorsements today.
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation announced their official support of the $78-million school bond for new and improved schools.
"One of the first questions that we receive from businesses looking to relocate here is, tell me about your school system," said chamber board president Scott Waller. "And it's time we show our support for our school system so they'll have the funding necessary to have quality facilities and that the safety and security of our students is of utmost concern."
Endorsement of any election is new territory for the Nacogdoches chamber. Board members say it's an illustration of how important they think the passage of the school bond is to the community's advancement.
The following is the text of the Nacogdoches County Chamber endorsement.
The Board of Directors for the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce has voted to support the approval of the school bond issue proposed by the Nacogdoches School System. Scott Waller, chair of the Chamber Board, indicated that the chamber has had for several years a priority to promote the improvement of the Nacogdoches school system. "The chamber has heard for years about the need to invest in our schools," Waller said. "It is now time to support this major step forward so that our schools in Nacogdoches are the best in the nation."
Waller points out that a quality school system is viewed by many in the business community as a critical factor in economic development. "One of the first questions we receive from those businesses and individuals considering investing in Nacogdoches are about the quality of our schools. Waller said. "Approving this bond is evidence that the people of Nacogdoches are committed to supporting great educational opportunities for our students."
Chamber President and CEO Wayne Mitchell indicated that this decision was made after discussion at the committee and board level. "Our board members are very aware of the tax consequences of this decision and made their decision after much discussion and debate. Mitchell said. "At the end of the discussion, I believe most came to the conclusion that the time is now for major investment in the local school system and felt the chamber must go on record supporting this vote. The Chamber Board respectfully urges the citizens of Nacogdoches to support this initiative."
The bond issue for the NISD is on the November 6, 2018, ballot.
The following is the text of the NEDCO resolution.
Whereas, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation's members believe quality education is vital to quality of life and thus recruiting new businesses and economic growth in Nacogdoches; and
Whereas, the Trustees of the Nacogdoches Independent School District have called a bond issue in November 2018 to improve the education infrastructure the District including replacement of Carpenter Elementary School, additions to McMichael Middle School, construction of a Career and Technical Center, and various maintenance items; and
Whereas, the total bond proposal of $77.995 million will have a wide ranging economic impact including construction jobs and salaries.
Whereas, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation finds the success of the Nacogdoches Independent School District's November 2018 bond proposal is critical to the long term economic prosperity of our region;
Therefore, the members of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation do hereby resolve their support of the Nacogdoches Independent School District November 2018 bond proposal.