Canyon ISD seeking to pass nearly $200 million bond in election

Canyon ISD seeking to pass nearly $200 million bond in election. (ABC 7 Amarillo-file photo).

Canyon ISD is asking voters to pass a nearly $200 million bond for new schools, and other renovations projects.

This of course, will come directly out of taxpayers' wallets.

CISD said they've gotten 1,200 new students over the past seven years. And it said it expects more rapid growth in years to come.

"The need to accommodate students in our schools is important to us," said CISD Superintendent Darryl Flusche. "The quality of education will not go down."

Flusche said this a big reason the district has plans to build two new elementary schools and a brand new high school if the 2018 bond passes.

"In addition to that, there are several schools that we're looking to renovate further," said Flusche. "Just for updating purposes."

The district's bond details plans to expand and renovate Randall West campus, the East campus and other facilities at elementary schools, a tech center and sports facilities. Classrooms will be expanded to hold more students.

There are also plans to add activity buses, and renovate Kimbrough stadium with a new field house and updating locker rooms. Flusche said the safety and security will be a top priority for all additions and renovations. He said entry ways will be more secure.

"Just for the protection of our staff, our parents and our students," said Flusche.

Moving forward, Flusche said he feels this plan will be impactful and help keep the district thrive for years to come.

"The community group told us, don't come back to the voters every three to five years requesting money for the next project," he said. "[They asked] what will sustain us for at least a 10-year period."

Ultimately, the choice is in the voters hands. So, the district wants to let voters know exactly what they can expect their tax dollars to go toward.

"They expect that our school district create a product that contributes back to our community, [and] has an element of success," said Flusche . And for us to do that we have to involve the community in determining the direction of our school district."

Leading up to the bond election on Nov. 6, the district is hosting a series of weekly meetings to talk to its community. For a full list of those meetings, click here.

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