Meeting Held to Discuss Next Steps for Midland ISD School Bond

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland School Board meeting was packed with recommendations of what to do now that the $163 million bond was passed in last week's election.

While that may not sound controversial, the meeting actually got pretty heated at one point.

Now that the multi-million improvement bond was passed last week, there is a lot of work to do getting the bond passed was just the tip of the iceberg.

On Tuesday night, several recommendations were made about how to proceed.

One of the hot button issues was what to do with the Midland Alternative Program. Midland ISD Superintendent Doctor Ryder Warren wanted to relocate the program to the Empty West Elementary School campus but only once it's renovated. He says that's cheaper than building a new campus for Midland Alternative Program, about $1.2 million cheaper.

However, there is a group of people who live by West that don't want those kids coming into their neighborhood. They're worried it'll bring in more crime.

One person even told NewsWest 9 she believed it would decrease her property value.

The decision was made to move the Midland Alternative Program to West.

Also mentioned at the was the process they're taking with hiring architects and finalizing the bidding method they'll use in getting three new elementary campuses built, along with renovating and updating all the others.