By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – About 45 Chester residents attended the Thursday, March 23 “bond information meeting” held in Chester’s cafeteria. Chester ISD Superintendent Paul Drake gave presentations, with input from Mark Strong (GLS engineering firm) and the district’s financial advisor who addressed tax implications.
Drake presented slides giving an overview of the plans to replace the current middle school and high school buildings with a new 8-10 classroom building on the east side of the administration building. The middle school building is in poor condition and only has three classrooms while the high school built in 1967 of wood does not meet any current building codes. Other projects are described in the brochure produced by the district and available to the public.
Questions related to taxes, restrooms, classrooms, possible timeline, contractors, state legislative potential actions, and values were answered.
Drake said that anyone with questions should contact the school as they are willing to give tours or explain the current plans. Details can also be found on the district’s website, located at https://www.chesterisd.com
Another public meeting is set for April 20 prior to early voting which begins April 24.
All voting will be done in the school’s board room. Informational pamphlets can be picked up at the school, the bank and at Jiffy Mart.