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Bond Election: Two area school districts asking for more money

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ANGIE DERDEN
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - The Waxahachie Independent School District and the Midlothian Independent School District are asking registered voters within their respective school districts to vote on Nov. 7 to approve the sale of bonds to fund capital improvement and facility projects.

Waxahachie is asking for $59,250,000 for proposed projects to include a new elementary school; new sixth grade center to replace Turner Middle School; new junior high school; complete Wilemon Building Building Renovations for conversion into Global High School; Turner Middle School renovation/conversion for DEAP, district childcare, curriculum, Head Start; Waxahachie High School capital improvements such as HVAC upgrade to vocational classrooms, parking lot resurfacing and technology purchases; and elementary parking lot expansions at Marvin and Dunaway.

'These are critical needs right now,' said Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins. 'This is just catching us up right now for the next two to four years.' Jenkins claimed there were some definite overcrowding issues. Some kids are eating lunch as early as 10:45 a.m. and some eating late afternoon. According to Jenkins, taxpayers would not be paying any additional money and their taxes would actually be going down, because state lawmakers recently passed a bill requiring school districts to reduce their rates. MISD was asking for $15.7 million to fund a new Agricultural Science Livestock Training Center. MISD is currently the third largest FFA chapter in Texas. MISD is the only district in Ellis County without an agricultural center. Additional proposed projects include a new field house at the Don Floyd Stadium site, as well as the removal of existing structures to make room for a field house and competition fields; softball and baseball fields at Don Floyd Stadium site; fencing, grass and irrigation for three multipurpose practice fields; Midlothian High School field house expansions to training/rehab area and laundry area; band instruments and additional Wenger practice rooms; land for additional school sites for future growth; and lighting, concessions, restrooms and bleachers to Walnut Grove Middle School athletic field.

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