Countdown to AISD Bond Election

Published 10/14 2013 10:25PM

Updated 10/14 2013 10:51PM

In exactly one week, Abilene voters will begin to cast their votes in the largest bond election in the history of the Abilene Independent School District. Tonight, the district's board of trustees held their regular meeting at Mann Middle School. It's the last public meeting before early voting begins next Monday. During which, Abilene voters will decide on a school bond package of $87.7 million dollars in improvements to schools district-wide.

Mann is just one AISD campus that would receive a facelift if the bond is passed. Many of the buildings administrators are looking to replace were built in the 1930s. Mann isn't that old but Superintendent Heath Burns says the campus has some significant needs. Tonight, trustees got a chance to see first-hand those needs. Kim Farmer, who is the principal at Mann, led a small group on a tour of the campus. From the inside of the school to the outside, she pointed out how Mann would benefit from passage of the bond. Among the repairs, Mann would receive security and safety upgrades, new classrooms, asbestos treatment and renovation to its auditorium.

While tonight's meeting brought out a good amount of people, both Principal Farmer and Superintendent Burns hope the turnout for the bond election will be much higher in numbers. They say no matter how residents vote, they're hoping everyone who is able will come to the polls and have their voice heard.

The board will hold an agenda review meeting on November 4th at Bowie Elementary School. That will be the final meeting before regular voting on November 5th. For more information on the bond election or if you want to know how a specific school will be affected through passage, visit All the related information is under the 'Parents' tab.

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