WISD sets bond election
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WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro school district board of trustees has called for a $5 million bond proposal election for Nov. 5, according to Superintendent Steven Self.

Self said the school district wants to finish work begun in 2006. WISD made improvements to facilities by renovating elementary and secondary classrooms, replacing outdated plumbing, lighting, HVAC and electrical systems.

The school district demolished much of the old junior high and consolidated seventh and eighth grades on the secondary campus while adding sixth grade to the elementary campus.

School board President Robbie Thomas said he believes that during the lean times of school funding, this allowed the district to use limited resources more efficiently.

New science classrooms and labs were added to the high school campus along with a life skills classroom, new administrative office, two new computer labs and a beautiful new library.

Because the WISD was able to secure one of the first construction grants through the State Office of Emergency and FEMA in the amount of almost $1.6 million, the district was able to construct the Eagle Dome.

After receiving an energy grant through the Comptroller's SECO office, WISD was able to install a solar energy system at the Eagle Dome.

Because of this, the average cost of electricity each month for the Eagle Dome is about $350.

Self said that this cost for the 19,000-square-foot structure is about the same as the cost of heating and cooling a large home.

Other improvements were made with a new eight-lane track, new tennis court surface and lighting, and a new central administrative office.

“I believe the WISD board is sold on the dome technology,” Self said.

This new proposal could possibly add one or more of the following: 1) A dome classroom for new career and technology certification programs, 2) A dome at the elementary for an early childhood development center, 3) A new dome field house at Eagle Stadium with additional improvements at the rest rooms and concession stand, 4) renovations to the remainder of the old junior high building and the 1938 gym (This would allow for a temporary building utilized since the 1980s to be removed and community use of the 1938 gym for little dribblers and other community events).

The old gym also could be utilized during volleyball and basketball tournaments.

The fifth area of improvement would be renovation and air conditioning of the auditorium with improvements to the rest room facilities, new electrical, lighting and sound systems.

The band hall also would be addressed. The final area targeted would be the covered walkways throughout the campus and various improvements to the entryway at the elementary campus, drainage, improvements to the central chiller system and fences, along with other security measures.

Self said that the domes, themselves, will add a great deal of security on the campus for storms and other natural and man-made disasters, as they provide near absolute protection according to FEMA.

The WISD board has appointed a Community Facilities Committee for input and guidance with the project.

At their first meeting, district needs and the feasibility of a bond proposal was discussed.

A second meeting of the committee was held on Sept. 9 in the WISD Auditorium.

Woodsboro board members said they believe that this proposal will provide superior facilities for the next 20 years to meet the needs of the children and community of WISD, according to Self.

The positive response to the Eagle Dome has demonstrated a new found pride in the Woodsboro community and these newly-requested improvements will only add to that positive attitude.

“Our students are proud and are really taking care of the new facilities we have. I look for that to continue,” Self said.

Public meetings will be set up to discuss the upcoming bond later this fall.

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