Brady ISD begins bond communication effort

In a special-called meeting/workshop, the Brady ISD board of trustees met with approximately a dozen community leaders and interested persons to discuss the upcoming bond election for a new high school that the board authorized at its regular meeting on Feb. 26. School board president Al Pearson turned the meeting over to Supt. Steve McCarn who explained certain proposals of the new school through a power point presentation. Under a strict code of ethics, the board, school administration and all district employees are prohibited from actively promoting the bond issue. Their sole purpose in the matter at this time is to provide information to the voters so they can make the decision at the polls. People in the audience were there to lend support, and a number of them have accepted responsibility to head up committees to educate the public in a manner by which a decision to vote for or against the proposal can be made. The presentation which McCarn made was rudimentary, and he said that all the diagrams might or could be altered. That decision would be made only after (and if) approval is reached. Architects would have to then present plans and designs that would be laid out to show actual floor space, and exactly where all buildings would be located. The meeting, which lasted some two hours, brought out some concerns and questions that needed clarification. Some questions asked dealt with a gymnasium, eating facilities, a vocational shop area and band hall for the high school. The question that seemed to bring out the most interest was that of a gym. Two options are currently under consideration’one for a practice gym and one for a competition gym. Both aspects will be out for bids, and those costs will be the determining factor on which gym will be built. Two persons who have stepped up to be committee chairpersons are Mark and Connie Jones. Anyone who would like to help or be involved may contact them at 597-0722. The board has placed the call for a $14.5 million bond election on May 12. Two positions on the school board up for election, Place 4. held by Al Pearson and Place 6 held by Jason Jacoby, will also be on the ballot. Pearson has stated he will not seek re-election and two persons, Tisha Shuffield and James Petty, have already filed for that position. Jacoby has indicated he will run for re-election. Filing deadline for those positions is March 12. Another informational meeting is scheduled March 5. The school administration office at 100 West Main has more information, and the phone number is 597-2301.

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