by Tashun Chism
Angelina County is covered with bond election and early voting signs. But if the bonds are approved, what changes will local voters see?
"We didn't go into this proposal designed to have something for everybody. But as it turns out, every campus has some need." Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight told us.
Addressing those needs for each campus is the goal. At a total of 49.5 million dollars, Lufkin ISD's bond election is the most expensive in the county. It addresses three primary areas.
"The first area is a little over 11 million dollars for safety and security. The second portion relates to student growth. The third and final part is in relationship to changing programs district wide and with new state elected requirements," Knight said.
Those requirements include a greater focus on Math and Science. And more Math and Science classes means more classrooms need to be built. At 12.5 million dollars, Central ISD's bond election addresses similar issues.
"The biggest project that's involved is a new primary elementary campus and also in addition to that, the proceeds would be used to upgrade the facilites for our junior high and high school campuses. We would get additional classroom space for junior high and high school as well as new science and computer labs," Central ISD Superintendent Allen Garner said.
Hudson ISD officials hope to address their campus expansion needs with a 12 million dollar bond.
"The bond election will be for two additional wings on pv primary campus, one additional wing on the bonner elementary campus, and then a school cafeteria for the high school campus. They currently do not have a self-standing high school cafeteria," Hudson resident Codie Jenkins said.