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Archer City Talks School Bond

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More than 50 residents filled up Archer City High School auditorium Tuesday afternoon to talk about a bond that could go to vote this fall.

CD Knobloch, Superintendent of Archer City Independent School District said the point of Tuesday meeting was to inform residents about school funding, the affect newly built wind farms will have on the district’s budget, the benefits of the bond, and the district’s new status as a Chapter 41 district.

“We want to know where they stand,” said Knobloch. “Do they think we should move forward in this direction or this direction? Are no direction at all?”

Archer City I.S.D school board president Jill Dunkel said the district is required to have a bond election to reduce property wealth, because it is a Chapter 41.

She believes now residents will need to ask themselves, what would they like to vote on and what is best for Archer City?

“There are a lot of people that are talking about it, but they may not have all the facts. So we want have all the facts,” said Dunkel. So we want to have a meeting to really explain our situation. How’s the school funding formula and how Archer City fits in there?”

Archer City I.S.D superintendent outlined two possible plans at Tuesday’s meeting:

Minimal Plan

·         New Bleachers in Gym

·        Technology Upgrade

·        Turf Field

·        New Buses

·        Update Restrooms in District

·        Minor Improvements HS/JH Building

New Building Plan

·        New Bleachers

·        Technology Upgrade

·        Turf Field

·        New Buses

·        Update Gym/Elementary Restrooms

·        Build New HS/JH

·        Demo old building

Cost Comparison:

 Minimal Plan

·        $0.2-0.3 tax increase over current I& S rate

·        For a $100,000 home this would roughly $2.50 per month

New Building Plan

·        A conservative estimate is about $0.24 I&S tax increase that could be up to $20 per month for a $100,000 home. If property values increase this number will be lower.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6