Bond Election Town Halls

The Houston School Board will hold two final town hall meetings on its proposed $805 million bond issue. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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HISD voters will be asked in November to allow the school board to sell 805 million dollars in bonds to build new schools and renovate old schools. Since 1998, HISD has spent more than a billion dollars in that ongoing effort. In fact they're still using money from the 2002 bond issue. Spokesman Terry Abbott says they need more money to keep the upgrade going.

"We've just about finished up with the last bond issue. We opened eight brand new schools on the first day of school this year, that were built from that bond proposal. And so we are just about finished with the proceeds from that bond issue and ready to proceed now with part 3 of the program."

Abbott says these town hall meetings are not just a formality, and the board really wants to know what people think of its plans.

"After this week we will continue to take in the input that we receive from the public, look at are there ways that we can adapt our program as we go forward to deal with some of the issues that have been raised by the public. That was the entire reason for having the town hall meetings, so it's been valuable for us to this point. We've gotten a lot of good input from the public."

Tonight's town hall meeting will be held at Cesar Chavez High School in southeast Houston, starting at 7 p.m. The final town hall meeting will be held tomorrow night at Madison High School in far southwest Houston, also at 7 p.m. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

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