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$113M Kilgore ISD bond would pay for new high school, elementary renovations

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 1:56 PM CDT
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - Early voting has begun, and Kilgore residents are voting on a $113 million bond for KISD. And that will include a new high school and some much-needed renovations at Chandler Elementary.

Leah Gorman is the KISD Coordinator of Communications. She says there are two propositions in the bond.

“The first one, proposition A, is for $109 million that is to do renovations and improvements to Chandler Elementary. That is including a new P.E. gym, as well as doing some substantial HVAC repair and renovation,” Gorman said.

She said Chandler Elementary was built in 1961 and needs many updates, HVAC being the big one. Proposition A also includes a new ground-up high school.

“Our students are learning in classrooms that were built in 1932. Some of them for elementary school students. We’re talking about high school kids and they’re a lot bigger than elementary school kids,” Gorman said.

Gorman said if the bond passes, the school will be built on existing property on the high school grounds and students will continue using the old high school until the new one is complete.

Proposition B will bring R.E. St. John Stadium up to Americans With Disabilities standards.

“In the seating in the stands, restrooms, press box and concessions,” Gorman said.

Gorman said she’d like to see the public educate themselves about future student’s needs that present buildings cannot readily fulfill.

“I believe people see the need, but I do understand that it is a great deal of money and of course that burden goes back to our taxpayers, however I feel it’s a worthy investment in our future,” Gorman said.

Early voting begins Monday Oct. 18 and last through Oct. 29, election day is Nov. 2.

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