VISD patrons offer mix of suggestions

By  George Garza


One wanted no new taxes while another said he would support a smaller bond issue. Another wanted new buildings on several campuses while some one else felt that one building at a time was the way to go. One patron suggested doing all facility improvements with money saved out of the school district’s maintenance and operation fund account.


But one thing was certain, there did not seem to be any consensus among the Vidor patrons who attended a special meeting of the Board of Trustees held especially to solicit ideas from taxpayers on what the school district should do now that the $73.5 million new school bond issue has failed. Between twenty and thirty patrons of the school district attended the meeting with about eight or nine offering suggestions to or asking questions of the Vidor School District Board of Trustees. John Houseman told the board that he was the most outspoken opponent of the May 6th School Bond Issue. He said that the most important need of the school district was to develop a long-term plan for facilities improvements. He said that he felt that it was the School Board’s responsibility to develop that long-term plan with input from the public. And he agreed that it would take some type of school bond proposal to realize that plan. Then he proposed that part of the plan for facilities improvements should include an ultra long term goal of replacing every campus in the district with new schools.



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