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May 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor – May 5, 2013

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It is insulting to question the integrity of our friends and neighbors who worked so hard on behalf of the Weatherford Independent School District. It is astonishing to assert that the administration has pushed this bond election when it was citizens who were involved in the process of determining the need for new facilities, improvements in technology for the most efficient delivery of instructional and administrative services and security. We have students in Weatherford schools who have better computers, laptops and smart phones than are found in our schools.

With respect to security, different boards and administrations have addressed the issue of security for several years.

In the most recent Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, the district earned a rating of 70 that reflects Superior Achievement. For several years the firm of George Morgan and Sneed performed audits of the district’s financial records. More recently, the same services have been performed by the firm of Snow Garrett Williams. Surely, rational people can not question the professionalism and integrity of these firms.

All the items proposed in the 1999 bond program were completed after following the same process used in the 2013 bond proposal. In addition, since 1999 there have been at least five times when the board has approved refinancing the debt. I served on the board for 21 years in various capacities, and I can assure taxpayers that board action was guided by three principles: responsible use of taxpayers money; a sound academic program; and concern for staff and faculty. Furthermore, board members are taxpayers and have been students in the WISD, have children who have graduated from WISD, or who have grandchildren attending school now.

Study the facts and do not be misguided or duped by people whose identify is not transparent. If you want the district to remain stuck in old ways, vote against the bond. Remember that one generation builds upon the foundation of the previous one and bears responsibility for securing that foundation for the next generation.

I urge you to vote for the 2013 bond after you study the information that is readily available to you and that you remember one does not move forward when sliding backwards.

Sincerely,

Rachel Johnson, Weatherford

 

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