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Tyler ISD explains future district plans

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Tyler Independent School District's School Board unanimously approved the district's long-range plan that would build new schools and change the use of some current campuses.

It's a plan that you could see show up as a bond in this November election.

TISD says they're expecting the district to grow by 2,500 students in the next 9 years and they say the time to make room for those students, is now.

"We really think that the economy, even though people are struggling with jobs and other areas, we know that we've never had a time when interest rates are where they are now for bonds to be sold as well as construction rates are very low," says Superintendent Randy Reid.

Reid says right now the district is trying to, "get a feel for what neighborhood we would be in." He says each of these projects would be priced specifically when it was time to move forward.

All of the projects combined are estimated to cost around $450 Million. That would include:

  • New John Tyler and Robert E. Lee High Schools
  • A new Advanced Technology and Career Center
  • Four intermediate schools (5th-6th grade)
  • Four middle schools (7th-8th grade)
  • New Rice and Dixie Elementary Schools


Under the proposed plan the Robert E. Lee campus would be updated and turned into a middle school. TISD says a new Robert E. Lee High School would be built at a new location, in a place they say they'd hope would not be too far off Loop 323, and have less traffic and congestion.

The new John Tyler campus would be built at the current location, keeping some parts of the current campus such as the gymnasium.

"I love the idea of the new intermediate schools and the high schools," says one mother while picking up her daughter from a TISD elementary school.

TISD says the technology and career center would be similar to one currently at Birdville ISD, a district in Ft. Worth, but designed specifically for the needs of TISD students. They say it would provide classes in health-science, cosmetology and engineering.

That's great news to one mother of two TISD students, "I think it's great. A lot of kids come out of high school and they may not be college bound or college may not be a good choice for them so, I think it'd be a great opportunity for them to have something they can do to earn a decent living," she says.

The district says they know now is a challenging time for people financially, but they say it's an investment in more ways than one, "An investment, not only in our future through our children, but in our future through the construction work that we can provide to the community," says Reid.

We have all of the details of this proposed project for you online, just click HERE.
There you can see what the plan would mean for individual campuses both if it was and was not implemented.

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