Black Leaders Back TISD Bond

African-American leaders in Tyler are telling people to "vote yes" for the TISD bond proposal.

They announced their support today at the Tyler Metro Chamber offices. Endorsements came from organizations such as the NAACP and the Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance. City Council members Derrick Choice and Joyce Armstrong Scurry are also backing the $96-million  bond. And so is County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton.

"The turning point for me was the Monday before last, when Douglas flooded," Hampton, of Precinct 4, said. "And they had water up to the waist of those little kids. Anyone with a heart, when you looked out there and saw that, you knew right away that we need better schools for our children here in Tyler."

According to district officials, the bond would be used to renovate aging schools and replace the oldest schools. Early voting begins Monday. Election Day is November 2.

Julie Tam, reporting.