Voters to consider Pittsburg ISD bond in November

Pittsburg ISD will have a bond on the ballot for the Nov. election to fund a new high school, a new cafeteria for the junior high, and help alleviate space cons
Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 2:23 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2022 at 10:52 PM CDT
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PITTSBURG, Texas (KLTV) - A bond of more than $88 million is set to go before voters in November that would, if successful, provide a new high school, among other improvements.

“Our facilities are in pretty bad shape on the inside we had some flooding issues sometimes we have some plumbing issues,” said Rustin Ramsey, Principal of Pittsburg High school.

Classes at the high school are spread out in portable buildings and some are held inside the gymnasium to make up for the lack of space.

Ramsey said getting all of the high school students under one roof will improve safety rather than have them walking to and from multiple buildings across the campus.

“They are still going to get wet going to classes. It’s going to get cold, it’s going to get hot. Overall if we can get all of our building one place the safety for our students will be the main point in a lot of that,” said Ramsey.

The Pittsburg Junior High campus would receive new additions to create more space for students, including alleviating traffic to make it easier for school buses to come and go.

“Expanding it, adding a 6th grade wing, a new cafeteria, to currently house all of our students, our current cafeteria is a little small,” said Terry Waldrep, Superintendent of Pittsburg ISD.

Waldrep said a new gym on the intermediate campus is also included in the bond.

“They currently walk over to our elementary campus and share their P.E. gym with them,” said Waldrep.

If approved, the bond program is expected to impact the average homeowner in Pittsburg ISD by about $27 per month, this means a $0.25 tax increase, but not for those over 65.

“Student success and instruction is all heavily connected to how the students feel the atmosphere in the building and a big part of that is the facility,” said Waldrep.

Principal Ramsey said the students deserve this upgrade.

“This tax impact and what we’re doing now will be something that the district can continue 40-50 years down the road without having to go back to the voters over and over again,” said Waldrep.

A new high school facility would improve safety for the students, as Pittsburg High School Principal Rustin Ramsey explained.