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BISD Bond Wrap Up

You've heard about it for months, now the outcome of the Bryan school bond election will be decided this weekend.

The fate of Bryan's school bond election now lies in the hands of voters. Nearly 2,000 residents have already voted early, a turnout the district is pleased with.

" Whether this thing is voted yes or no, I think it's really helpful that we have people that are taking an interest in our education here in Bryan," said Mike Cargill, BISD Superintendent.

The bond package contains 2 propositions. The first is for nearly $99 million and includes a second high school, 4th middle school, replacing Bonham Elementary and renovations and upgrades to several campuses.

The second proposition is for $5.5 million and would pay for a gymnastics facility and renovations to the Viking field house. A natatorium would be part of the proposition if the city agrees to put up half cost of the project.

Based on property values, if both propositions are approved the average taxpayer can expect to pay roughly $100 more in taxes a year.

Maritza Hoffman is part of an independent committee pushing for passage of the bonds. She says something needs to be done sooner rather than later.

" I think this is a great plan because this plan not only takes care of immediate needs, but it takes care of future growth. In 10 years our population is going to be over 16-thousand in the district," said Hoffman

The Bryan Schools Tomorrow committee spent time lobbying in front of homeowners associations, civic groups and PTO's. They, and the district, will learn Saturday if the group's hard work paid off.

" We're going to let the voters speak and we'll take it from there," said Cargill.


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