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School Changes?: Progress Continues to be Made

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More bond proposal topics were discussed by the Wichita Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees at Wednesday's special session.

“There is priority need at Memorial Stadium, what the athletics complex out there needs.  The W.F.I.S.D. Board also heard discussion about a name.  Is this something both of the high schools would need or just for the newly constructed high school," said Public Information Officer for W.F.I.S.D., Renae Murphy.

Possible name changes to W.F.I.S.D’s high schools are causing many Texoma residents to question what the names of these schools could be as well as who will decide them.

 “We’ve had public input and nominations for new schools. The board also talked about the past president and when they've had to merge schools.  Also, what would happen to the names when schools are merged together.  They kind of went through our past history of what we've done," said Murphy.

Another topic discussed by the W.F.I.S.D Board was safety and security for all grade levels, which could cost about $4-million.

“We would want to update our entrances, potentially electronic entrances so that we can have a more secure facility.  This would also add more video surveillance and just provide a more secure facility for all of our students," said Murphy.

Memorial Stadium improvements were also discussed, which could cost around $12-million, but the Board of Trustees are looking to lower this amount.

“Knowing that money is a concern as well as the total dollar amount, there are other needs in our district, including classrooms and space for children.  The board wants to consider pairing that down to the most priority high need areas, one of those being the parking lot," said Murphy.

The W.F.I.S.D. School Board will meet Thursday for the final special session for the week.  The main topic to be discussed is updates to bond calculations.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6