Alto ISD proposes $10.5 million bond package

Alto ISD proposes $10.5 million bond package

ALTO, Texas- A district a damaged by spring tornadoes is asking voters to help foot the bill to replace their high school and gym.

The Alto ISD School Board approved placing a $10.5 million bond before voters this November.

Bond supporters said the districts insurance from the damage won’t cover the cost of replacing the Alto high school.

“The bond will be for two things,” said Lee Pearman, a member with bond steering committee who says the two things are new high school and to replace a gym. “The gymnasium will service all campuses of the district. The elementary, middle and high school will be able to use the new gym.”

Six months ago, tornadoes hit alto causing heavy damage to school buildings in the district.

“Elementary gym was been completely destroyed. It has been demolished. There is no more elementary gym,” Pearman said.

Pearman said this bond package is different.

“Normally when a school asks for a bond they’re saying hey our high school, our elementary is not very good. We want to upgrade it to get a newer better building,” Pearman said.

He said the bond proposal will fund replacing what was damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes.

“The school with the insurance, they’re not going to have enough money to repair old building and go into it,” Pearman said.

He said students need a safe learning environment.

“It is necessary to pass a bond for this high school and gym to where you can have a high school. If not, if you’re against the bond right now, you’re saying that you’re OK with our kids going to school in portable campuses. The high school is in portable buildings,” Pearman said.

In addition, bond funds will go towards parking lot improvements and updating the electrical and underground gas lines.

An informational town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday October 7 at First Baptist Church in Alto at 6:30 p.m.

Election day is November 5.

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