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Year in Review: Poth residents support bond issue
Voters in the Poth Independent School District (ISD) supported a bond issue last May. The $3.9 million bond will fund improvements on the district campuses, including a new building at the high school that will contain science classrooms and labs, as well as a Life Skills classroom, and more.
This prompted the districts’ trustees to approve an increase in the debt service portion of the district’s ad valorem tax rate in the fall. The rate increased to $1.1374 per $100 of taxable value -- comprised of $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 9.74 cents for debt service -- up from $1.0741 total the previous year.
Further to improvements and growth in the district, the board approved the purchase of land at the corner of Griffith and Dickson streets, as part of the district’s long-term facilities plan. The land will be used for athletic and band practices and physical education activities.
The district also entered into an interlocal agreement in February with the city of Poth to share responsibility for ball fields in the city park, which the district utilizes for softball and baseball. Poth ISD maintains the grounds of the A and B fields and their attendant bleachers and dugouts; the city cares for the C and D fields. In return, the district retains priority for use of the fields during the varsity baseball and softball season.
Trustees in November also weighed options related to drug testing of middle and high school students who participate in competitive, extracurricular activities.
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