Reporting Stephanie Lucero
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Fort Worth school board trustees will discuss an almost $500 million bond proposal on Friday, to determine if it will make the ballot. The topic has been rather controversial and, before it is all said and done, the public will get a chance to share their comments.
A vote on the bond issue has already been delayed numerous times after parents and business leaders expressed concern about the initial proposals at several prior public meetings. So, school officials rolled up their sleeves and cut nearly $300 million from the original request, and cut the bond package into three separate propositions.
Proposition 1 is $386.6 million, and includes what school officials say are the most essential elements — construction, classroom additions, security system upgrades and technology updates.
Proposition 2 is $73 million for a performing and fine arts school, and a school focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
Proposition 3 is $30 million for school buses and equipment.
Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Walter Dansby explained that the bond package is now ready for voters. “We need district-wide Pre-K in the Fort Worth ISD, so that package has that,” he said about Proposition 1. “It has a lot of technology. It has safety and security as well, but also those additional classroom spaces that we’re going to need in the future.”
The Fort Worth ISD school board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Friday to discuss whether or not to put the package on the ballot for November 5.
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