Midway superintendent answers questions on $148M bond proposal

Tara Mergener with Midway ISD Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas.
Tara Mergener with Midway ISD Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas.(KWTX)
Published: Nov. 4, 2019 at 3:45 PM CST
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Tuesday, voters will decide the fate of the Midway Independent School District's $148 million bond issue proposal.

The school district is asking voters to approve the bond issue in order to borrow money it says is needed to handle the growing number of students in the coming years.

Some taxpayers, however, have expressed concerns about the district taking on new debt and the possible impact on property taxes.

Officials said 94 percent of the bond will address the projected growth.

By 2028, Midway ISD's enrollment is expected to increase by 32 percent from 8,400 students to 10,700 students.

Currently, the district only has room for 9,200 students.

The district said three of its schools are already over capacity and seven are near capacity.

These schools will not be able to accommodate the increase in students, the district said.

Among the highlights of the bond package are building a new elementary school, building a 60-thousand square foot career and technical education facility and the renovation of Midway Middle School.

The school district said if the bond is approved, the district's property tax rate will decrease slightly.


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