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Section A: General News


Letter: Facts of Poth ISD bond election




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May 8, 2013 | 1,657 views | 9 comments

Editor:

Re: “Vote no in Poth ISD bond election,” May 1

The Poth Independent School District is asking its voters to go to the polls on Saturday, May 11, to vote on a bond proposal. I would like to take this opportunity to present some facts on how the district came to the decision to call a bond election as well as how the district plans to use those tax dollars.

Over six years ago, the district noticed a trend of larger classes in its lower grade levels. In response to this growth, the district came up with a plan to make some improvements along with new construction to address its needs. Improvements included construction involving our elementary and junior high campuses as well as our cafeteria/auditorium that serves all three campuses. The culmination of this plan involved improvements to the high school in order to address the needs of a larger student body. Along with needed capacity, the district’s administration and board of trustees also identified the areas of science, technology, and students with special needs as a priority as we moved forward with our plans for construction.

If passed, the $3.9 million bond will be used to construct an additional building at our high school campus. The building will contain seven classrooms including three science classrooms with associated lab space, a Smart Lab, a Life Skills classroom for our students with special needs, and two regular classrooms. The space in this addition will not only provide facilities to address specific academic needs at the high school, it will also free up space in our existing building to address general capacity concerns. The space in this building will better prepare our students for the rigors of college study as well as provide an environment that will help all students succeed in a more technological society.

Additional information about the bond can be attained by calling or visiting the Poth ISD Administration Office.

I would like to thank the taxpayers of Poth Independent School District for their support in the past and remind them to get out and vote on Saturday, May 11.

WESLEY J. WEST

President, Poth ISD school board
 

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I agree  
Kosciusko  
May 10, 2013 12:57pm
 
I am curious why didn't Wesley mention something about the new turf for the football field. I have heard this a couple of times lately. If that is tied to this bond, shouldn't we be told about it? I hope that is not the ... More ›

 
Redd Rojo  
May 10, 2013 10:32am
 
Why is the school wanting to pay double what a building should cost? Get out and vote tomorrow!

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
May 9, 2013 11:13am
 
Yep. Poth ISD has the lowest tax rate in the county. Have to fix that. What is another hundred or two hundred per year in taxes? Work harder. Get a better job. Get a second job. This is all for the kids you know and if you ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
May 9, 2013 11:11am
 
You're a little late at getting this information out to the people. You should have been beating this drum back in September -- not just with meeting stories in the paper -- so that your voters could truly know what's going on. ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 9, 2013 11:02am
 
Nothing is too expensive when taxpayers foot the bill!

 
Redd Rojo  
May 8, 2013 4:50pm
 
$284/sq.ft!..... The brochure says this is for a high school addition of 10,296 sq.ft. If 3/4 of the $3.9M bond is for the building (that leaves about $1,000,000 for architect fees and expenses), it comes out to over $284 per ... More ›

 
T-Bone Pickens  
Poth  
May 8, 2013 3:41pm
 

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 8, 2013 1:25pm
 
Details are dangerous. They tend to obstruct passage.

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
May 8, 2013 12:55pm
 
How much is this costing per square foot? How many students will the addition accommodate? The only number in the article is $3.9 million. Give us some details if you want a yes vote.

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