Weatherford Democrat

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May 2, 2013

VIEWPOINT: Dispelling myths, misstatements about WISD’s bond proposal

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While we are on emotional subjects, another claim that has been made is that the administration is using recent events and tragedies to push security improvements. Security is always an issue, and this bond was conceived months before the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred.

Another glaring misstatement: “The schools are actually under capacity.” This just shows that many of the people opposing the bond have not actually walked the halls of our schools and seen classes being held on stages and in supply rooms. This claim came about from a WISD report that showed all of the elementary schools with a 750-person capacity. Anyone who has ever been in our elementary schools knows that they vary in size and could never have the exact same capacity. The 750 number is an estimate of the maximum building occupancy. As in, they can probably cram about 750 bodies in the building before the fire marshal will come in and shut them down. Building occupancy and instructional efficiency capacity are two entirely different things. For example, we may have a special education classroom with only five students. Could 15-20 more students technically fit in there? Yes. Would they be able to effectively educate the children this way? No. If you have concerns about the capacity issues, I encourage you to visit the campuses for yourself, and while doing so, please also take note of the current security issues as well.

I also encourage those who have asserted that the ninth grade wing should have been built with the original high school structure to go back and revisit the previous bond. It was common knowledge that when we reached a certain point of student growth in 10 years or more, the high school would need to be added on to, and it has been 14 years since the previous bond was issued. That is why the infrastructure to add on to the high school is there – it was part of the plan all along!

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