Writer’s reasons for backing WISD bond
The 2013 WISD school bond has taken up a lot space in your editorials lately, as it should. I am writing in strong support of this bond. I have read what each side is saying and made a few remarks myself. I have to say that I am disappointed in the opposition’s idea of posting things that are not entirely true and when pointed out on their own “informative” website they refuse to post it because it does not line up with their twisted idea of what the truth is. I just wanted to point just a few facts that can be proven with very little effort.
FACT No. 1: I know this has been out there already but it needs to be stressed. No salaries can be paid by a bond. This is illegal and cannot and will not be done. We all know that teachers do not get paid near enough money, however, instead of bashing the school board maybe they should write their state representative. Also this bond will not “line the pockets” of the administrators as the vote no people have stated and allowed others to state on their website. If just a little research was done they would find out that every bit of this money would be accounted for.
FACT No. 2: Construction costs are being portrayed as being outrageously high. The cost of the Career and Technology building is estimated to be $17,503,047 at 66,425 square feet. This comes out to be right at $263 per foot. The opposition wants you to believe that this is the just the construction costs. I tried to point out to them on their own “informative” website that this was not true that the cost per foot they were using was not just the construction costs but was also for all equipment and supplies for that building. This building will house culinary classes, auto maintenance classes, construction design and management classes, just to name a few. This price includes the equipment needed to teach these classes (i.e., lifts, diagnostic computers, ovens, refrigerators, auto-CAD programs, computers) and is quite expensive. So in my opinion this price is actually a very good price and is not high at all. The same can be said about the price of the ninth grade wing.