About UsKZTV Apps

Actions

Alice ISD seeks bond election approval, could lead to consolidation of schools

Posted: 5:21 PM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-08 11:16:02-05

 

A task force that’s made up of city leaders, community members, faculty, and more will propose the calling of a bond election for Alice ISD.

“We have nine schools and we have about 4900 kids, our enrollment trends over the last nine years has been decreasing,” said Superintendent Carl Scarbrough.

Scarbrough says not only is keeping 9 schools open costing the district money it could be using elsewhere,

“Of those 9 schools 3 of them are aged facilities,” said Scarbrough.

The bond would also allow some campuses to combine.

“Putting our kids in the most optimal environment as possible,” said Scarbrough

The superintendent says the bond would go toward funding newer and safer amenities to already existing elementary and middle schools.

Scarbrough says he hopes voters will understand the need for the changes especially those worried about the money it will cost.

“We’ll have about 7 cents on what they call the interest in sinking of the tax rate and those pennies can generate for us, with state assistance, about $20 million and so the tax rate will stay the same,” said Scarbrough.

If the board approves the proposal, the final decision will be made by the residents of Alice.

“Of course, May 4 will be our community deciding whether we go forth or not,” said Scarbrough.