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Group organizes in support of Chapel Hill ISD Bond

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Chapel Hill (KYTX) -- A $31.2 million bond package goes before Chapel Hill voters on November 5th. Less than 3 weeks away, a group of parents has banded together.

A statement was provided to CBS19. Chapel Hill Bond PAC Chair Janet Alfaro writes: "We believe the improvements included in this bond proposal will benefit our community, our property values and most importantly, the current and future students of CHISD. Our school system is an important source of pride and cohesion for our community."

The group isn't connected in any way to the district. "We have not allocated any resources to them, that is something that a group has to do on their own," Donni Cook, Chapel Hill ISD Superintendent, said.

If the bond passes, the average homeowner would pay $14.11 more a month in taxes.

Cook explains the bond only affects the I&S tax rate, and adding .14 cents more is still lower than other districts in the area.

A good portion of this bond focuses on the middle school, adding classrooms among other things. "We'll be adding a second gymnasium that will accommodate a greater seating capacity," Cook said.

The dad of a 7th grader sees room for improvement. "It's hard getting kids to and from school. From what my daughter says, it's a little cramped," Robert Thornton, a Chapel Hill voter, said.

The bond also upgrades the Bulldog's football stadium, baseball and softball complex. Voters like Thornton want more information before they go to the polls.

"You might be willing to say no, just because you don't want all that piggyback stuff," Thornton said.

For a complete rundown of all projects included in the Chapel Hill ISD bond proposal, click here.

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