For the last few weeks,
the issue of the Nacogdoches ISD facility plan has become a hot topic and has
received a lot of attention.
Monday night, the issue
took center stage at a special called board meeting.
It seemed the last major
issue in the facility assessment plan was taken care of before the workshop
when the district decided to move a proposed elementary school from a controversial
Appleby Sand road location to one on the north loop.
"It was wonderful to
hear that they had listened to us," Nacogdoches resident Lou Ann Miller said.
Nacogdoches officials say
the move has little effect.
"It's still going to
be the same size school," Associate Superintendent Grey Burton said. "It only
changes the area of where the school was."
Monday's workshop was the final
workshop before a bond was to be presented and more questions arose. The mainly issue many were worried about was
would a $60 million bond pass a vote by residents who will have to take on
One way around the bond
that was presented by various community members and discussed by board members
was an option to present two bonds to the public. One with all of the changed
plans including a brand new elementary school, a rebuilt school, various
improvements to other campuses and $4 million in athletic improvements, all of
which the district feels is needed.
"These were all
priority one items, meaning high importance items; the things we had paired
down and needed to work on immediately," Burton said.
The other option presented
was a stripped down version of the bond that would total $40 million and would
excluding athletic upgrades and some security measures. It would leave in bot
the new and rebuilt campus.
"We don't want to do
things that the community doesn't feel like they need or they want, so that is
the reason for the meetings," Burton said. "That's the reason we continue to
get input, that's the reason we continue to change the plan as we go."
It's unclear at this time
if committee groups will present two bonds to the board at the meeting on
Feb.20. The open meeting starts 6 pm at the administration building.