Now that the School bond forums were over, there were still problems with the proposal to merge two high schools, set up a ninth grade center, build a CTE, and put the new larger school over by Memorial Stadium.
While both the forums at Hirschi and Rider High Schools were leery of the school bond proposal, some very good comments were made by all.
Even though Hirschi was viewed like the step child in this proposal, some thought of:
- The traffic at the stadium would‘ve been a problem. A traffic study was not done at the time CFAT came up with this proposal
- Building a Career Training facility on the Hirschi High School site would prevent everyone from having gone to the new high school by the stadium. The school board’s plans to covert WFHS into office space for Region 9, the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs, alumni groups and placing the Career Center in the space where the track stood. Their reason was that Old High was centrally located.
- The fate of the Choice Plan after the school bond election. Right now, Hirschi High School was being propped up by the program, but the school board has withheld their decision until after the May 10 election.
There were still reasons for my opposition to this:
- On Facebook, a letter to the editor was not answered to the writer’s or everyone’s satisfaction concerning the traffic issue or the safety of the students.
- The decision on the Choice Plan that held up Hirschi High School was delayed until after May 10. The extended year calendar was not abandoned for five years even after it was proven that starting earlier and ending later had no effect on student test scores.
- Since Wichita Falls was a three high school set up, tradition should’ve been maintained by having all three schools remain open. The school board has basically ignored MGT’s proposals to maintain the three high school system in favor of the current plan the city was to vote on May 10.
The Bible said anything that was falsely represented was a sin. In Exodus 20:16, it said:
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (NIV)
The outcome of this bond was unpredictable. There was a push during the KFDX News during the noon broadcast today for people to vote positively for this bond. somev wanted the new school and career center because it bought in opportunities and jobs. During the ride home from church, yesterday there were a whole lot of signs that told pedestrians to vote no for the bond.
Jeremiah 29:11 said:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV)
For me, because of the three concerns raised by Community for a Better Bond about the traffic issue and the school board not deciding the fate of the Choice Plan until after May 10 and their not considering MGT’s proposals for maintaining the three schools that existed, my vote remained NO!