Could A Bust Hurt The Proposed School Bonds 10/22/12
CBS 7 News
October 22, 2012
MIDLAND/ODESSA- Early voting began today over one of the most-talked about issue on the ballot.
Both Midland and Ector County ISD are proposing school bonds to help accommodate the ever-growing population impacting the area.
But what will happen if the bond passes and the bust comes?
Dr. Ryder Warren, Midland ISD superintendent, said the answer lies in the historical trends of population patterns in the area.
“People just assume that when we hit a bust cycle that we loose six or seven thousand kids in the school district,” Warren said. “And that's never happen before.”
In the past, there were years during the bust cycles that caused the population line to go flat, but it has always returned to a positive direction.
Dr. HT Sanchez, Ector County ISD Chief of Staff, said the Ector County Chamber of Commerce has focused on diversifying the economy to help alleviate people leaving during a bust cycle.
“If the area sees a bust there will be opportunities for people to stay, and classrooms won’t be left empty,” Sanchez said.