Conroe ISD’s lies about rezoning during bond campaign strike at children during November 19 Board meeting

As part of the Conroe Independent School District’s “get the facts” campaign, the school district used this theme to lie to voters that they needed to vote for the $677 million bond package in order to avoid rezoning of schools.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Conroe, November 21 – On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) Superintendent Curtis Null announced that the school district was proceeding with rezoning of schools as they had planned all along. The problem, however, is that numerous parents are furious, because CISD had repeatedly lied to parents, taxpayers, and other voters in advance of the November 5 voter referendum on CISD’s $677 million bond package.

CISD told parents during its propagandistic “get the facts” campaign, “Without bond funding for new schools, the contingency plan calls for rezoning across high school feeder zones.” What the school district didn’t divulge, however, was that the school district’s administration intended to rezone all along regardless of whether the bond package had passed or not.

Presentation by CISD administration on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, in which the school district’s administration disclosed the truth: rezoning was occurring even though the $677 million bond had passed on November 5.

On November 19, just two weeks after CISD’s vendors celebrated passage of the $653 million boondoggle of a bond package, the school district’s administration announced that rezoning would proceed.

Since CISD’s administration tells the Board of Trustees what school policy is, rather than the other way around, the administration merely announced that the rezoning was going to occur and didn’t even seek Board approval for the action.

Many CISD parents were openly furious during the portion of the Trustee meeting when the announcement occurred. Since the public comment portion of the meeting had already ended and since the school district carefully masked the agenda item as a report from the administration without mentioning the term “rezoning,” no parents, teachers, or other citizens ever had an opportunity to object to the rezoning.

There actually was one person within CISD who admitted before passage of the bond that rezoning would occur no matter what. Dr. Mark Murrell, Principal of The Woodlands College Park High School of Conroe Independent School District (CISD), made a very thoughtful presentation during a question-and-answer session before a group of parents on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. “There are things that are going to have to happen whether the bond passes or not, such as rezoning,” Murrell told the parents. “Oak Ridge High School is a place where we have to do a lot of electrical and plumbing no matter what. The district will have to deal with those issues [rezoning and the Oak Ridge High School needs] both with and without a bond.”

After this newspaper reported the story about Murrell’s comments on October 3, however, Murrell completely disavowed the comments, after he had obviously suffered disciplinary action from his superiors.

Clearly, rezoning had nothing whatsoever to do with whether the bond package passed or not, but was merely a threat CISD used to trick voters into approving the bond package on November 5. As long as voters approve the duplicity of CISD’s Board and administration, children will continue to suffer.

 

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