Career and Technical Education Center Input Workshops

The Wichita Falls I.S.D. wants your input on the design options for a Career and Technical Education Center.  There are a total of five sessions for the public to attend.

"It's obvious that our opinions as citizens and tax payers matters," David Farabee, a Chamber of Commerce member in Wichita Falls said.

He said he is excited about the possibility of the center.

Farabee said, "By empowering the students early in their life, determining what they are and aren't passionate about.  I think we can give them what they're asking for, what they're paying for.

However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the facility can be put to a vote.  This includes the design concept.

"That was more on the dislike side than the like side," Steve Hulsey, an architect for the project said.

A workshop at the education center in Wichita Falls is giving the public the opportunity to speak up about what they would want out of it.

"It didn't look like a prison like the previous one," a resident said.

Everyone got a clicker, images popped up, and then they voted.

"It looked like a mall to me.  Like you walk into a mall, which students would like that," a resident said.

There were a number of options from your typical school design to very unique concepts.

"If you don't have a wide spectrum in there, then you can't get the full view of what the community thinks," Hulsey said.

Just from one workshop, the vision of what the community wants seems to be taking shape.

"We saw a lot of was the flexibility of the spaces is key to this design," he said, "So, they can be used not only for what the district needs today and tomorrow, but ten years from now the space can be flexible enough to mold to that need, whatever that might be."

A location for the career and technical education center  still has to be determined --- which officials say they are looking at right now.  However, it will all be left in the voters' hands when the bond is put on the ballot this year.

If you want to take part in the workshops on Thursday, call (940) 235-1004.  This is because reservations are required.  However, if you can make them, the survey will be posted on the district website.  Officials said they should have it up in the next few days.

, Newschannel 6