$10.5 million school bond on the ballot in Whitesboro

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WHITESBORO, TX -- For a second time Whitesboro ISD is hoping to pass a school bond that would improve student safety and enhance their learning environment.

Saturday Whitesboro voters will decide on a $10.7 million dollar school bond, which not only addresses safety and security, but facility repairs and upgrades.

"Our school board feels like this is a necessity. Yes we sure do," Superintendent Pete Slaughter said.

If passed, the bond would address traffic flow at the high school, replace the heating and air conditioning system at the middle school and connect buildings at both elementary schools.

"You're talking about three to eight year old kids who 11 times during the day have to go outside the confines of their building to get to a cafeteria, to get to a computer lab, to get to a library," Slaughter said.

The bond would also provide security vestibules on each campus. They would force individuals to go through the offices before reaching classrooms.

"Right now our campuses are not secure. You can walk in to any one of our campuses and move throughout the building without ever having to go the office," Slaughter said.

David Greenwood has a daughter in kindergarten and says he is in favor of the bond.

"Our kids are more important than anything else so why not," Greenwood said.

Superintendent Pete Slaughter says the bond calls for about a ten cent tax increase.

"You know depending on the value of your home, but somewhere in the neighborhood of maybe, you know, for a $100,000 dollar home maybe $40 dollars a year," Slaughter said.

After input from the community the bond no longer will include athletic facilities or new playground equipment.

Polls will be open from 7a.m. To 7 p.m. Saturday.

For more information visit http://www.whitesboroisd.org

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