Midway I.S.D to hold bond election

Midway I.S.D to hold bond election

CLAY COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Midway ISD is a school district that consists of just over 100 students, south of Henrietta. 
On May 7th, there will be an election for a $6.3 million bond for the school to make general repairs.
Misti Seay, co-chairperson of the Midway Political Action Committee, says the school is the gem of the area, and the teachers are at the heart of it. 
    "The staff at this school is so compassionate, caring and encouraging," Seay said. "They are what makes this school. They are the heart of this school."
That is why some are fighting so hard to get the school repairs.
Midway is a land rich school, which takes away funds other schools may get.
Seay says one of the misconceptions about the vote is that some people think this bond is related to future wind farms.
Also on the committee is Tiffany Leach, who says that means they do not have the standards.
    "Our school, at this time, does not have the standards that every other school does," Leach said. "One of those things being security. We do not have security measures in place or a lockdown system in term of electric doors. We want to be very clear about this issue that it is okay to be against future wind farm building and for this bond."
Leach says that this bond would only access the existing Shannon Wind Farm.
    "This bond does access the tax dollars of the existing Shannon Wind Farm that is already here," Leach said. "It is in our county, and those tax dollars will either stay local, support Midway kids and allow us to progress our school to the point where it needs to be, or they will go to the state for redistribution among other school districts."
Seay and Leach say the reason being a land rich district hurts Midway is because it makes them a Chapter 41 school, which means they have to send their tax money into the state where it is redistributed to poorer schools.
They just get a fraction of that money back into the school.
Seay also says that it would be a 15-year bond, and the Shannon Wind Farm would cover an estimated 80 percent of it.
There will be a pancake breakfast at the school April 30th from 8 to 11 a.m. so you can eat pancakes and vote at the school library.
Early voting begins Monday.

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