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Local officials react to TISD bond passing


According to the Smith County Elections Department, with 100% reporting, the Tyler ISD bond passed 63%-37%. There were 5,459 for and 3,250 against.

Of all the issues and races that East Texas voters went to the polls for on Saturday, the vote on the $160 million Tyler ISD bond election was probably the biggest, and definitely the most controversial.

It had a much different result than many people expected, as far as the margin of victory. The bond issue passes by a margin of more than two thousand votes, 63 to 37 percent. The bond money will go toward the renovation of Dixie and Rice Elementary Schools, the construction of three new middle schools, and the creation of a career and technical education center for high school students.

Members of the TISD were in a celebratory mood when the results came in. On Saturday, we spoke to both the superintendent, and the leader of the group opposing the bond, about those results.

"But to have the facilities, the safe facilities, that address these students' needs and the overcrowded, just is ecstatic. I'm just excited for the whole community, not just TISD. The community passes bonds, not a superintendent, not a school board. We're just so appreciate of all the hard work that they did in making this a success," said TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring.

Mooring said the district will start looking at contracts for architects and the design phase will begin immediately.

"We cannot keep building new buildings and have the same poor results, so we are going to be asking everybody who was on the bandwagon for new buildings to join us, and let's work together to get the school district, to get the school board, to get the superintendent to get busy on putting some programs in place that are going to help these schools excel academically," said JoAnn Fleming, speaking for "No More Excuses Tyler ISD".

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