Along those same lines, will this solve the overcrowding issue 20 years from now? No, but it is the best option given the current resources. WISD cannot afford to build another high school at this point in time as they currently do not have the annual operation and maintenance funding to add 50-100 more teachers, coaches, and staff – it’s not just about the cost of the brick and mortar, it’s about all of the ongoing costs that come along with it
Another common misunderstanding is the analogy of WISD to Weatherford College or Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Several people have stated that Weatherford College’s bond was voted down, new board members were voted in, and then voila! Problem solved! WC was able to cut their expenses and come up with the funding for all of their improvements. As if they put the pen to paper and found tens of millions of dollars lying around on the books that were being misappropriated. Wrong! Yes, they made some budget cuts and used some cash reserves, but a large portion of the funding came from private donations and indirectly from tuition increases. Can WISD raise tuition? No! Could they seek donations? Sure, but there is a small group of families that have made significant donations to our school system and community over the years. A need of this magnitude is too large for the community to run to a handful of families with hopes that they will pay for it all. At what point do we as the rest of the community reciprocate?
In regards to the hospital, it was acquired by a private company. A company that can easily increase fees for services, borrow money (without a bond), and/or subsidize expenses through other more profitable hospitals under their management. If the hospital had not been taken private, it would likely still have needed a bond for its expansion and upgrades. Voting down the hospital bond simply cannot be compared to the WISD bond.