WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Transparency was a major concern at the town hall meeting focused on City View ISD’s school bond Thursday night.
It is well known in the City View community that in the past, the district has dealt with financial mismanagement.
It comes as no surprise that residents have lost trust after a City View ISD tax collector was fired in February for allegedly stealing thousands.
Superintendent Tony Bushong addressed the issues at the town hall saying, “I am aware of the travesties that have taken place. I’m asking that you would understand that we have taken all of the proper steps to try and fix this school district.”
City View administrators have an agreement giving Wichita County the power to collect taxes for the district from now on. It is just one of the steps they have planned to ensure that money is managed correctly.
City View administrators asked both Region 9 and TEA to audit them.
But residents also wanted to know what improvements the $10 million bond will be used for.
The money will go towards renovating the restrooms in the elementary school, replacing 40-year-old air conditioners and heating units, new classrooms, fixing the foundation in the high school, updating locker rooms, a new Ag shop, band hall repairs, new windows and lighting, parking upgrades, and an all-new administration building.
Bushong says they have projected how much each project will cost. “They’re inflated projections at this point because you don’t want to say you’re going to do something and then you don’t have the money to do it. Right now, everything we’re looking at, we’re staying within that budget,” he said.
As for how the district plans to pay for it all, Bushong said that if the bond passes the state of Texas will pay for 48% of the $10 million. The average homeowner in City View (homes valued at $75,000 is the average) will see a tax increase of $40 a year.
“This whole bond is going to drive our school district for the next 20 years,” Bushong stated.
The City View ISD bond election will be held May 4.
Superintendent Bushong says the Texas Education Agency will be coming to audit the district next month.
There will also be another Town Hall meeting on April 8.