LETTER REGARDING MARSHALL ISD BOND ISSUE

From: Wendell Jones

If you want to express your opinion to the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees regarding the bond issue being considered, the time is very limited. The Board is considering calling a bond issue of up to $170 million for school facilities at a specially called meeting on February 25, 2014. This will raise school taxes as much as 40% and that will be on top of what is already paid to the city, county and emergency service districts (ESD’s).

This past fall Corgan Architects of Dallas and Dr. Don Hooper, MISD consultant of Granbury, evaluated MISD facilities and presented a comprehensive recommendation for all facilities. Although their evaluation results are couched in very sophisticated terms, their recommendation suggests that Marshall ISD facilities, with the exception of the high school, are beyond practical rehabilitation. In simple terms they are saying our facilities are architecturally worthless and should be demolished or abandoned and rebuilt.

Their plans call for no significant renovation options except for MHS. They also call for total abandonment of Marshall Jr. High which after probable vandalism will be useless and a major blight on the community. Even some of the renovation options at MHS appear very needless and expensive, such as relocation of the library within the building.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

4 Responses to LETTER REGARDING MARSHALL ISD BOND ISSUE

  1. Marshall Taxpayer says:

    This is overkill. I will not vote for this measure. Get real!

  2. James says:

    I want to support our schools but this is too much money. If the figure is $170 million I will actively work to defeat this bond vote.

  3. Ryan says:

    What’s the old saying, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Similar to much of the City’s infrastructure that has been largely neglected for 30+ years, the isd is in the same boat. School improvement is definitely needed, but at what cost per $100,000 will there be forthe taxpayer over the next 30 years? How does a moderate income average at best for the general population afford to, in essence, build an entire 5A school system at once? I Am curious, that’s why I ask.

  4. karma' says:

    And this will accomplish what?Will grades go up? I think not.my home is $40k overvalued now.