Editorial: Why Conroe ISD voters must crush the $676 million bond, then take over the Conroe ISD board

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

Conroe Independent School District (CISD) voters must crush the $676 million bond on November 5, 2019, and then on November 3, 2020, take over the Conroe ISD board. We’re witnessing the reasons why right before our very eyes.

Number One: The Children. Public schools exist for the children. It may sound like a strange concept, but the purpose of schools is to provide a basic education. They’re not vocational training facilities, even though corporations and the educational establishment wants that. They’re not amusement parks, even though administrators and school district vendors love that.

When a school district graduates 11% of its students illiterate, according to the Texas Education Agency, then focusing on Astro-Turf, dance floors with mirrors, curtains for elementary schools, and agricultural facilities is downright shameful.

The focus of CISD needs to be the core education, which the school district is failing to provide.

Number Two: Lying. Tomorrow night, the CISD Board of Trustees will pass a 2019-20 Budget which includes a larger increase in the Debt Service tax rate, a 4.5 cent increase, than the 3 cent tax rate increase which the school district told us would come with the $807 million bond voters rejected on May 4.

The Debt Service tax rate increase springs directly from the $676 million bond CISD is foisting on voters on November 5, 2019. Nevertheless, since they’re passing the tax rate increase in the Budget, without voter approval, CISD is lying to voters and taxpayers about the $676 million bond: “No Tax Rate Increase.”

PBK Architects’ political consulting group got to work fast for this bond campaign. This advertising popped up a few minutes after the CISD Board followed the direction of the school district administration and voted unanimously to put the bond on the November 5, 2019, ballot with the lie “No Tax Rate Increase.”

Number Three: Money. Conroe ISD has two true constituencies: the children and the taxpayers. It’s left both completely out of its decision making. The school district has admitted it has no metrics whatsoever for educational outcomes from the bond.

The school district’s Board will wipe out all benefits from House Bill 3, the statewide property tax relief and school finance reform, with the bloated budget they’re passing. Worse yet, the Board hasn’t even reviewed the budget at all. Instead, it’s just accepting a simple PowerPoint presentation from CISD officials who tell the Board what to do.

The bond is worth a “NO” vote. The Board deserves a good chasing out of their jobs.

 

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