FISD bond proposal to get public review

FORSAN — A second public meeting pertaining to Forsan Independent School District's $23.8 million bond proposal will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the secondary campus auditorium.FISD voters will head to the polls in May to decide the fate of the bond issue, which would finance construction of a new elementary campus and extensive renovations at the junior high/high school building.Early voting begins April 29, while election day is May 11.The meeting will include presentations from architects and financial advisors, followed by a question-and-answer session.Slightly more than half of the proposed bond — $14 million — is earmarked for the new elementary campus. An additional $2 million would finance construction of a wastewater treatment plant for FISD campuses, while the rest will fund renovations at the secondary campus, resurfacing of the football stadium track and replacement of one of the district's tennis courts.FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said the major focus at the junior high/high school will be expansion to accommodate extra classroom, lab and storage space.“At our secondary campus, every room is full, which limits our options as to what we can do,” he said in February. “This expansion will allow us more flexibility … and would allow the junior high portion of the building to be a more self-contained area.”The campus also would be renovated to provide increased security for students and staff, including installation of a locking system for the exterior doors which can be operated remotely and a remake of the main entrance to enhance security against unwanted visitors.Other renovations to be financed by the bond include:• Major plumbing and electrical renovation at the secondary campus.• Renovation of the kitchen area at the secondary campus.• Safety upgrades in the secondary campus' metal shop.• Expansion of the district's bus barns to accommodate vehicles currently parked at Elbow.• A fire-suppression system for the new elementary campus.• Increased storage area at the band hall.For more information on Monday's public hearing, contact the FISD administration office at 263-6571, ext. 2.