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    School Bond Plan B

    Not Over Yet...

    EASTLAND, Texas -Eastland ISD administrators are looking for answers after voters shot down a $31 million bond package that would have built a new high school and athletic facility and provide security upgrades to Seibert Elementary.


    "Step one is going to be communication,” said Jason Cochran, superintendent of Eastland ISD. “We got to figure out the areas of concern and opportunities we see to grow and gain a pulse on what the future is of Eastland ISD.”


    Cochran said it may not be the best idea to combine both the high school and a new athletic facility in the bond.


    "There's going to be an athletic issue that people are not going to support a new facility,” said Cochran. “This is about academics, but the other side is this...we knew going into this, it's a large tax increase."


    Bryan Jackson, an outspoken critic of the bond package, is happy the bond did not pass.

    "The vote down wasn't a vote against our school board, it wasn't a vote against our kids, it wasn't a vote against our teachers, it was a vote against a proposal that was presented to the community,” said Jackson.

    Cochran hopes the community will still engage in a conversation about the school district's needs. The bond election was Eastland ISD's first in more than 30 years.

    http://www.ktxs.com/news/whats-next-...ailed/33002052
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    But there was a school bond election within the last thirty years, only three or four years ago, and the voters rushed down to vote against that one too.

    The problem with this little community is many people will have to do without clothing and miss some meals if any more taxation passes. They're all taxed out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiraculousMutha View Post
    But there was a school bond election within the last thirty years, only three or four years ago, and the voters rushed down to vote against that one too.

    The problem with this little community is many people will have to do without clothing and miss some meals if any more taxation passes. They're all taxed out here.
    For the first time I can agree with you on something. This community is made up of numerous retired and low income families that are living on the edge of poverty. I don't know where they got the idea that the average income was somewhere around $50,000.00 or more but I can tell you one thing, my family doesn't have that kind of income.

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    The new plan may be to present a proposal without so much spending on the extracurricular items such as athletic.
    Look for a new school bond proposal to resurface in time for the next election, or no later than next spring...before the old high school falls down on top of everyone in it.

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    Vocational training that will not compete with our local colleges. Many of our young people migrate to larger metropolitan areas simply because they don't have the skills that will allow them to stay and work in Eastland. Let's identify trades that thrive in our area, then teach the necessary skills to the students.
    We need to enable our young folks to start their own business in Eastland, and that begins with skills in welding, locksmithing, electrical, plumbing and carpentry. Teach them how to write a business plan, develop and administer a budget, how to balance a checkbook, and other soft skills, such as human resources, customer relations, etc.
    This is in no way meant to be critical of our existing educational system and certainly, not of our educators. We have dedicated teachers that are not earning as much as they should.
    I just feel that we need to shift our primary focus toward equipping our students with the ability to start and operate their own business in Eastland if they so desire.

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    Yuppity Yup!

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    I wish this chat room or whatever it is called had a "LIKE" or "DISLIKE" button! Cecil would get a LIKE for his comment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiraculousMutha View Post
    The new plan may be to present a proposal without so much spending on the extracurricular items such as athletic.
    Look for a new school bond proposal to resurface in time for the next election, or no later than next spring...before the old high school falls down on top of everyone in it.
    Property owners in Carbon and Olden are exploring the possibilities of reopening their old schools and withdrawing their one time school districts from the Eastland school district. Morton Valley is also looking into building a school of their own as a cheaper alternative to Eastland's more expensive approaches.
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that they are all in confederacy against him." -- Johnathan Swift

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    Property owners in Carbon and Olden are exploring the possibilities of reopening their old schools and withdrawing their one time school districts from the Eastland school district. Morton Valley is also looking into building a school of their own as a cheaper alternative to Eastland's more expensive approaches.
    This should be rich.

    "...democracy must be more than what the majority insists upon."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius View Post
    Property owners in Carbon and Olden are exploring the possibilities of reopening their old schools and withdrawing their one time school districts from the Eastland school district. Morton Valley is also looking into building a school of their own as a cheaper alternative to Eastland's more expensive approaches.
    That would work if they started their own appraisal district and got completely shed of this one.

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