By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Woodville ISD has scheduled a series of town hall style meetings to address the upcoming bond package that will be up for a vote in May.
WISD, in a news release, said it scheduled the three meetings in a “continued effort to be transparent and provide the community and out staff with factual information and the ability to ask questions.”
The three meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17; Monday, March 7 and Monday, March 28, all to take place in the elementary campus cafeteria.
The bond package vote, which was approved by the WISD Board of Trustees, following a recommendation by the District Facility Task Force Committee, will be presented to voters in the amount of $47,850,000, and, if approved, will be used for district-wide improvements. That vote will take place on Saturday, May 7.
“It is our desire that all Woodville ISD residents are informed and can vote with confidence,” the news release stated.
The findings of the Task Force, which was made up of Woodville residents, businesspeople, parents and school staff, recommended that new facilities be constructed for WISD elementary students. The Task Force also recommended increased safety and technology to be implemented, district-wide.
They met throughout a nine-month period to assess and prioritize key areas of focus for the district, according to WISD Superintendent Lisa Meysembourg.
According to Meysembourg, if the bond is approved by voters, it will be used to finance the construction of a new Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade building to replace the existing buildings that currently house the Woodville Elementary and Intermediate campuses.
Bond money will also be used to finance renovations to the current WISD Vocations-Agriculture building at Woodville High School, which will include an addition to expand space for more career and technical education programs.
“Any bond proceeds used for capital items will be amortized over a short period of time and for a period less than the useful life of these capital items as required by law,” Meysembourg said