TISD Phase One Bond Plan Is "Elementary"

Tyler's elementary schools would be the first to be repaired or replaced, if the superintendent gets his way. The public will get the first specific details of the planned TISD bond package a week from Tuesday.

Superintendent David Simmons wants this first of several bond proposals to cost just a fraction of the total price tag of the bonds -- $387 million.

The board met Tuesday evening to hear more from the district's bond consultants about the potential cost for fixing Tyler schools. Then Dr. Simmons put forth his plan for phase one. He wants to prioritize the repair or replacement of elementary campuses first, starting with those most in need. In phase one, he also wants to build the additional elementary school as a relief campus for Owens and Rice Elementary schools. Dr. Simmons wants this first proposal to come in under $100 million.

"The research shows the primary needs are at the elementary level. Now, there are needs district- wide, but when you look at what is a priority, it is at the elementary level," says district spokesman Cody Cunningham.

You'll have your chance to tell the board what you think a week from Tuesday night. The public hearing will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Plyler Complex on West Glenwood.

To save the cost of a special election, Dr. Simmons proposes voters decide on phase one in the November general election.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.