Some Community Members Question HISD Bond Proposal
by: Laurie Johnson, August 20, 2012 5:08:00 pm
HISD wants voters to approve a $1.9 billion bond package that will build and renovate dozens of schools in the district.
But not everyone is convinced that HISD board members will do what they've promised when it comes to updating or rebuilding historic schools like Booker T Washington and Jack Yates High Schools.
Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz is a community representative of Good Jobs Great Houston.
She says they're holding a forum to call on transparency from the HISD board and get questions answered about how the money will be used if voters approve the bonds.
"It's just a pervasive mood of distrust to know that HISD is, in fact, going to let this community's voice be heard. We need input, transparency and inclusion in the decisions that are being made in this community."
Evans-Shabazz says particularly communities in the Third and Fifth Wards feel like their concerns get ignored.
The concerns range from whether the district will go with the community's preferred choice for naming an elementary school to questions about the future of Ryan Middle School and how current high schools will be improved.
"We really need to talk to the community to actually give some information and we want the community to be abreast of what actually is going on so that perhaps we could come together and vote together in order to have our voices heard."
The public forum will start at 6 p.m. tonight at the SHAPE Community Center on Almeda Road. At least two HISD board members have promised to attend.