Grady ISD Considers Bond To Upgrade Campus, Enhance Security 11/1/13
CBS 7 News
November 1, 2013
MARTIN COUNTY-The small Grady ISD is considering making big changes to the school's complex to the tune of as much as $29 million, but it will all be up to parents.
Grady ISD held its first community meeting this week to discuss options for a bond to pay for the changes. Superintendent Leandro Gonzales said 48 people showed up.
"It really shows how much our community and our parents really care about and have a passion for our school,” Gonzales said.
The four options range from a basic remodel at $8 million dollars all the way to a complete bulldoze and rebuild at a whopping $29 million.
"We need to upgrade facilities, make technology changes and see a security and safety enhancement,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales says parents are split on the options.
“To educate our children, cost shouldn’t be a problem,” said one local parent.
"One of the concerns we do have is our 8 million dollar debt service from the first original bond in 2009," Gonzales said.
The existing debt service would be added to the new bond.
"Now is the time to do this, we have a low tax base, healthy property values and it's a good time to invest in the future,” Gonzales said.
At least one neighbor said they do not support a new bond election.
The bond may also include just over $1 million for renovations and expansions to Grady ISD’s teacher housing.
More community meetings must be held and the issue will not be on the ballot next week.