NOCONA, TX (KAUZ)
The Nocona Independent School District approves a $15.1 million dollar building bond election to build a new high school Thursday night.
The main purpose for the bond is to improve student safety and security by putting them under one roof.
Len Dingler, Nocona ISD Board President, said the classrooms and facilities are spread out, causing some students to walk outside buildings and even cross streets to attend their classes.
The high school is more than 60 years old and Dingler adds, as technology and education continues to upgrade, so must the district.
He adds with the help of the district's financial advisory committee, these plans have been in the works for a couple of years.
“We did a study of our school and looked at the state education code, and we fall short in a lot of areas,” said Dingler.
If the bond is approved and the new high school is built, the head start and pre-k will move into the elementary school, fifth graders will move into the current junior high with the sixth graders and the seventh and eighth grade students will move into the old high school. A new competition gym will also be built.
School board officials said they will be providing the community with facts and information obtained from studies that were done to develop these plans.
Dingler hopes Nocona residents will attend the district's meetings to find out how this will benefit students and impact voters financially.
Through this process, the school board is working with a financial advisor that said this is a great time to sell bonds to get the lowest interest rates to pay them off. School officials will also consult with a bond council for legal purposes.
The building bond will be voted on May 7th, and although that is right around the corner, Dingler is confident the board will have the community’s support to move forward.
If the bond passes, it will be issued around July or August, and the earliest construction on the high school could start as late next fall.