Residents to vote on Caldwell ISD bond Saturday

POSTED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 7:12pm

CALDWELL -- It's election day tomorrow and a proposed $52.7 million bond in Caldwell, to make improvements to the district's schools, has created a lot of controversy in the small community.

Cracked walls, settling foundation and a condemned weight room; these are just a few of the issues at Caldwell Middle School.

"When you have older buildings it requires more maintenance, which in turn impacts your budget," said Caldwell ISD superintendent, Dr. Janet Cummings.

But all those problems and more could be fixed if voters pass a $52.7 million bond Saturday, allowing the school district to build a new middle school and renovate the other campuses.

"It's also a district wide expansion of our technology, as well as security upgrades and then an expansion at our elementary and intermediate as far as four classrooms."

The bond would also improve the heating and cooling systems, as well as widen the road in front of the high school so parents picking up students won't be stuck waiting on the side of the highway.

But not everyone thinks the proposition is a good idea because they don't want higher taxes.

Brenda Varner said, "If you're on a fixed income that could hurt."

But Paris Gibbs believes the bond is worth the money.

"There's no question that there's a need by the school district to make a lot of improvements but this is kind of a whole-hog take it all or none."

A controversial issue that will be voted on tomorrow.

To learn more about the bond, click here.

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