UPDATE: TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to support the upcoming Tyler Independent School District bond proposal.
About 20 Chamber board members voted by paper ballot during today's meeting and Chairwoman Mary Elizabeth Jackson said it was nearly a unanimous vote, with all voting in support of the bond proposal except for one in abstention.
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Tyler native and State Sen. Kevin Eltife has endorsed the Tyler ISD bond.
The $160.5 million bond proposal includes six projects. They are the renovation of Rice and Dixie elementary schools; the construction of three middle schools: Boulter, Moore and one in southwest Tyler; and the addition of a career and technical education center.
Along with his endorsement, Eltife joined Tyler Proud, an organization that supports the bond proposal and brings together people with a goal of improving TISD, according to an organization news release.
"I am excited to be a member of Tyler Proud and appreciate the work the organization is doing to promote public education and help with passage of the May TISD bond proposal," Eltife said, according to the news release.
A local business owner, Eltife is a former Tyler city councilman and mayor. He is active in many local organizations including the East Texas Food Bank, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and Hospice of East Texas, according to the news release.
Tyler Proud President Mark Randall said the organization is thrilled to have Eltife on the team, according to the news release.
"He is a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly for what is best for our community," Randall said, according to the news release. "We appreciate all that he does on our behalf in Austin, and we are especially proud that he stays involved on important local issues like this school bond."
Eltife served as co-chairman of the Vote Yes committees for the successful 2004 and 2008 TISD bonds as well as the 2010 bond, which was defeated at the polls.
A 1977 Robert E. Lee High School graduate, Eltife has two sons. One attends Texas Tech University and the other is a Robert E. Lee High School senior. His wife, Kelly, also is a former Lee student.