Midland PTA Council Supports Proposed MISD School Bond

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Leaders of Midland ISD are hoping voters will green light next month's elementary school bond election. A well-known group has thrown their support behind the project.

The Parent Teacher Association Council of Midland is now backing up the multi-million dollar school bond.

"This is something that would help our children be able to flourish and to be able to excel in the classroom, we would come out vocally and support as a PTA," Midland Council PTA President, Jennifer Langford, said.

Langford says most of the schools in Midland are 20 years old and much improvement is needed. She said overcrowding is a problem too and could affect the learning process of students. One parent agrees and gives a thumbs up for the bond. 

"It's better for the kids especially if they're having to go outside for the portables, I know my son has to go outside to the portables. They need a better environment that's what I think," parent, Ruth Gonzales, said.

Here's the breakdown on how the money will be spent according to For A Better Midland:

  • Improving existing elementary schools will cost $87 million.
  • Replacing Bunche Elementary school will be about $22 million.
  • Build two new elementary schools has a price tag of $47 million.
  • Improving district technology will be $7 million.

The cost for tax payers will be if you're living in a house $100,000 you'll be paying $3 a month.  If you're living in a house worth $250,000, you'll be paying $9 a month and for people over the age of 65, there will be no tax rate increase for them.

If approved, For a Better Midland says it'll take 25 years to pay off the bond for facilities and five years to pay off for the new technology.

The next open forum regarding the Midland ISD bond will be held at Greathouse Elementary School on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m.