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May 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor – May 1, 2013

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Howard Story, Aledo

Writer opposes school bond

Dear Editor,

I am highly concerned about the upcoming $107,320,000 bond proposed by the WISD. The lack of administrative oversight and liberal spending highly concerns me.

It was 14 years ago that we awarded the school district $97 million. They had to have known then that separating the ninth grade and the rest of the high school was going to cause issues. Especially when all the athletic facilities are at the Ninth Grade Center. Now they are complaining about transportation problems like it is a recent development. Overnight, it has become a safety issue, but was not such a big deal only a few years ago.

The WISD administration does not keep or will not provide records for administrative expenses and maintenance bonds. These maintenance bonds do not have to be voted on by the taxpayers and only need to be approved by the Board of Trustees. If this is true, it is a fundamental failure in administrative oversight.

Another glaring issue of administrative oversight is capacity. Capacity numbers provided by the superintendent do not reflect the 2011-12 financial report submitted and received by the State of Texas. According to the report, only one school is at 102 percent capacity. Both other schools that he claims are over 100 percent are actually at 75 percent and 85 percent. Whichever is right? The board of trustees approved the financial report or the superintendent of the school? Either way, there is high miscommunication which should concern anyone handing over their hard-earned money.

We are currently encumbered with $75 million in bond debt. If we are to allow this bond and pay it out to the projected 2044, we will be paying over $500 million for four new baseball fields and a lighted track! That is half a billion dollars in debt!

The WISD administration wants us to go in debt at a phenomenal level only because they have decided they messed up 14 years ago. If you or I were to mess up in real life, we have to live with our decisions. It was the administration and the Board of Trustees who chose to break up the ninth grade from the other high schoolers. They should be held accountable for their actions and made to come up with a cost-effective solution that does not ask the taxpayers for more money!

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