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Tyler ISD bond proposal receive major education endorsements


The Tyler ISD bond received four big endorsements Tuesday from all four of the higher education institutions in Tyler.

And all four of their reasons varied, saying the new facilities would be good economically for the city and would help keep Tyler ISD students in Tyler.

But one endorsement hit a little closer to home for one of the presidents.

"You're looking at it. It's myself," said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, the president of UT Health Northeast, of his personal reason to support the bond proposal. "I grew up in a poor African American neighborhood in Chicago, and what allowed me to become a physician, a professor of medicine, a president of an academic medical center was the fact that there were people in my community who cared about me and my brothers and others receiving a quality education."

Tyler Proud president Mark Randall said the four endorsements show how important public education is in Tyler.

"These endorsements are very important to show support for public education and that it's important to have the right facilities for these students to really achieve what they want to achieve and then move on in life," said Randall.

"It shows that an endorsement of our schools today means that we prepare to have a greater leadership in our students tomorrow," said Texas College president Dr. Dwight Fennell.

"Updating and building new classroom facilities will improve the learning environment, which is so important if students are to be successful," said Dr. Homer "Butch" Hayes, the provost of Tyler Junior College.

The $160.5 million proposal calls for renovating Dixie and Rice Elementary Schools, building three new middle schools and creating a career and technical education center for high school students.

"We are pleased that this is all being done without any increase in taxes," said Dr. Rod Mabry, the president of UT Tyler. "There's really no reason not to continue moving forward in this process."

Opponents of the bond have said discipline issues, like one that happened in a John Tyler High School classroom on April 19, are a major reason to oppose the bond proposal.

Tyler Proud wouldn't comment on the video, but did say that while they've encouraged the district to continue to improve academics and discipline issues, the bond issue is about facilities.

"The thing is that you can work on academics and discipline at the same time that you can do improvements with your facilities, and they come together in the end to make a better student moving forward," Randall said.

And with six days before early voting starts, Tyler Proud keeps moving forward.

Grassroots America and the No More Excuses, Tyler ISD! Coalition issued a press release Tuesday saying they are urging people to vote no on the bond, saying, "It should be about setting a higher standard in our community for what the school board and administration produce with our tax dollars."

You can read the full statement from the Grassroots America and the No More Excuses, Tyler ISD! Coalition here.

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