Forum tonight on school bonds

Apr 22, 2014

With the start of early voting for the May 10 Greenville ISD election less than a week away, school district officials are presenting another public forum tonight concerning the $72 million bond package which will be included on the ballot.

The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Bowie Elementary School, 6005 Stonewall Street. A walking tour of the building, which would be replaced if the bond proposal passes, is scheduled following the informational presentation, with time for questions and answers.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is in support of the proposed $72 million bond, which, if approved by voters, would provide funding for:

— Constructing a new Bowie Elementary School

— Constructing  a Career and Technology Academy addition and renovation of the existing high school CTE space

— Improving  safety and  security systems  at all  district campuses

— Improving wireless infrastructure and access to technology  at each of the district’s campuses

— Providing  facility upgrades and improvements at  each district campus.

The estimated tax increase is anticipated to be 21.46 cents  per $100 valuation. An average homeowner would see an increase of approximately $14.48 per month ($173.76 per year) in property taxes.

Early voting is scheduled April 28-May 6.

Places 2, 3 and 4 on the Greenville ISD board  will also be on the May 10 ballot. Place 2 incumbent Tom Durham will be facing Trena Stafford, incumbent Place 3 board member Dr. Kim Hunt Butcher  is facing Michael Phillips and Mitchal Vaughn will face Lesley Overstreet for the Place 4 post.

Election Day voting will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations: Election Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 South Highway 69, with election Districts 1, 6 and 7 at the Reecy Davis Recreation Center, 4320 Lee Street.