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Fort Worth ISD Considering $490 Million Bond Issue

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) –
Fort Worth schools are in need of some major upgrades – upgrades to the tune of $490 million, according to the district. As one of the fastest growing urban districts in the state, FWISD officials say the district is running out of space and schools.

Friday evening, school board trustees held a public hearing on the issue and were expected to decide whether to put the proposal on the November ballot.

Kandi Thompson is one of thousands of parents interested in the decision. Although she lives in Fort Worth, her kids will soon go to school in another district because she can get them in sooner. Fort Worth ISD only has a limited number of Pre-K spots, but Superintendent Walter Dansby says if this bond package is approved that will change.

“Having them in Pre-K programs before they go into K programs really makes a world of a difference on how they see themselves and how we educate them.”

The proposed bond package would be cut into three separate propositions. The first one would include new classrooms, security and technology upgrades. The second would pay for building a new performing and fine arts school and a school focused on science, technology and math. The third proposition includes school buses and equipment.

Alisha Fuxa says she has been trying to learn more about the bond package. She’s concerned about overcrowding and security, but also wants to make sure the money is spent appropriately.

“For me and my family it’s not about the money that’s needed to do this because clearly we want better. It’s just about where should the right money to the right place,” said Fuxa.

If the bond package is approved it would mean a 3 cent increase in property taxes. For a Fort Worth home appraised at 115-thousand-dollars, it would amount to a 30 dollar increase per year.

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