Dr. Carl Scarbrough is currently holding twice weekly meetings on the proposed Alice ISD bond issue. Five meetings have already been held, with five more to follow. Meetings will be held on March 1 at Memorial, 4 p.m. for staff, 5 p.m. for the community, March 4 at Dubose, 4 p.m. for staff, 5 p.m. for the community, March 5 at Noonan, 3:45 p.m. for staff, 5 p.m. for the community, March 6 at Saenz, 3:45 p.m. for staff, 5 p.m. for the community and March 7 at Schallert, 3:45 p.m. for staff and 5 p.m. for the community.
The voting date for the bond is set for May 4, 2019. Proposed in this bond are changes to all of the campuses in Alice ISD. The bond would close Salazar Elementary and Memorial Intermediate schools, with those buildings being repurposed at a later date.
Students from those schools would be put into the other, existing schools where more classrooms and better parking facilities would be built. The high school would also receive roof repairs where needed. Each remaining elementary school would get an attached gym facility and an entrance security wall.
The proposed tax rate would not raise taxes for the voters, but would keep the rate at $1.33 per $100,000 worth of taxed value. Scarbrough explained to those in attendance that if the bond failed, tax payers would simply gain $39 back a year in taxes, on a proposed home value of $81,345, the average price of a home in Alice.
School officials are not able to comment on their support, or lack thereof, of the bond, but can inform the voting public of what it would do for their community.