Even though there was a lot of hoopla both for and against the proposed school bond, both sides had valid points. There were some major reasons for my being against it:
- The area of the proposed new school. In a letter shared on Facebook by Community for a Better Bond, it said the larger school, built near Memorial Stadium would’ve caused a major traffic jam. If it could’ve been proven that CFAT didn’t study this part when they passed the bond, it could’ve flat lined the whole process, proving the bond was rushed through.
- Higher property taxes Someone said up to $10 extra for every homeowner. Someone told me last week it was $12 per every home worth 100K. Was that this year or after the bond passed? If it passed. My mother complained enough about having had to pay property taxes after all three of her children had graduated. She was against higher property taxes.
- UIL Conflict. While some people applauded the higher 6A label, by merging Rider and WFHS, they would ‘ve had to cut 33% of the district’s academic and athletic programs. With the three high school system they had now, competing at the 5-4A level was better than the “Newer Fewer” concept of the school board.
- The on-going drought. With Stage 5 drought restrictions looming, this was a problem.Who was to pay for this bond if the water dried up?
- Economic losses. Fewer schools meant fewer jobs and opportunities for students
In Exodus 20:16, it said:
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (NIV)
By CFAT not doing a traffic study of the proposed new high school site, it lent further proof that the proposed bond was pushed through. At first, as of a week ago, KFDX Channel 3 said, in their 10 ’o’clock newscast, they visited one of the richer districts in Dallas and implemented the scrapping of all three schools. This didn’t surprise me at all.
In writing this article, another thing seemed to bother me. Most of the statistics used for support of the No vote on Facebook were almost ten years old. There were a lot of alumni from both Rider and WFHS, not to mention the two merging junior high schools, this wouldn’t have passed even in the best of economic circumstances.
As a monument to the city WFHS deserved better than being made into corporate office space and having a CTE on the track site among other things. Money was better spent elsewhere. My stance and that of my friends at church, was the schools that were being merged under this bond could‘ve been upgraded, or added on to. For instance, they could‘ve:
- Fixed the problems with the three high schools and bring new programs to it to attract students to Rider.
- Let the ninth graders remain in their prospective schools instead of building a center for them.
My vote still remained NO!