Tyler teachers show their support for $160.5 million school bond

Tyler teachers show their support for $160.5 million school bond

TYLER (KYTX) - The $160.5 million dollar Tyler school bond is getting people worked up on both sides.

Monday afternoon, Tyler Proud and Rice Elementary PTA held a rally outside the school. They were asking for Tyler teachers to vote "yes" for the school bond.

Supporters are out making their final push, trying to get everyone involved that they possibly can to support this bond.

Teachers we spoke with said this bond needs to pass.

"I have been at schools where there was a new campus built. I originally came to Tyler from Jacksonville. We immediately saw an increase just in our test scores alone," said Faith Morrow, Rice Elementary teacher.

If passed, she believes school safety, overcrowding, and the addition of a new career and technology center can better prepare students for the future.

Tyler Proud and the district said this can all be done without raising the tax rate. They say that can be done because of early payoffs and lower than anticipated interest rates for previous bonds.

On the table is a $160.5 million dollar bond proposal.

The bond would pay for the remodeling of Rice and Dixie elementary schools, construction of three new middle schools and construction of a career and technology education center.

"We truly believe that great schools make a great community. Investments in Rice are going to make it safer and more secure. It's just going to enhance and enrich the learning environment. So we're really, really excited about it," said Betsy Jones, Rice Elementary.

But, there's opposition to the $160.5 million dollar school bond.

Grassroots America and the "No More Excuses, Tyler ISD" coalition said spending more money is not the solution for poor academic results.

They say they are not against new buildings, if academics within the district will improve.

Grassroots America is calling this bond package a $254.1 million dollar package.

They're saying that number, because they say, that's how much will be in principal and interest.

While taxes would not be raised, they say more money is being invested in results that have not been promised.

Teacher rallies have been popping up at different schools in the past week.

Rallies are scheduled for Dixie, Jack and Owen elementary schools in the next few days.


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