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Ready or Not: WFISD Bond Election Coming In May

Rider / Wichita Falls High School

More elections are on the horizon-two in the month of May, as a matter of fact.  State-wide run-off elections are set for May 27.  But on May 10, Wichita Falls residents will be asked to vote on the latest bond proposal from the Wichita Falls ISD.

The $125 million dollar project is seen as much-needed by some and ill-timed by others.  Among the proposed projects are renovations and updates for junior highs and a new (and arguably much needed) parking lot and press box update for Memorial Stadium.

But the biggest and most controversial piece of the puzzle is the proposed consolidation of cross town rivals Wichita Falls High School and Rider High School.  The bond is viewed by some as a chance for Wichita Falls to consolidate from three comprehensive high schools to just two, and potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next several years in operational costs, as well as giving the city a larger, brand new high school facility.

New facilities are viewed by proponents of the bond as a way to attract new families to the area.  Wichita Falls High School’s current facility opened in 1922.  The 92 year-old building has become increasingly difficult to maintain.   Others are arguing that the city’s current water woes outweigh the need for new schools.  Tax increases and past disappointments with school board decision making also are concerns voiced by the public.

What’s your two cents on this issue?  Is the WFISD’s $125 million bond a good idea?  Will you support it?  Tell us what you think.

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