Two years ago, Bluff Dale faced losing the school due to the ineffective Texas school finance system known as Robin Hood.
This year the Bluff Dale ISD was scheduled to pay $700,000 back to the state, but by adding a high school and increasing the number of students in the elementary school, less than $50,000 was sent back.
That's taxpayers money staying locally instead of going to another school district. Now a school bond election is being held to support that increase in the student body. The 5.1 million will build a new school for the Jr. High and High School which will include a regulation size gym and new cafeteria, renovate the current building, install security features so vital in the world we live in, and replace outdated portables that are now being used for instruction.
The new tax rate will put Bluff Dale on the same level as Stephenville, but lower than neighboring Tolar and Lipan.
Ironically, tax payerswould be paying these rates anyway if they had been forced to close the school and consolidate with one of those communities. Yes, appraisal notices went out this week and most people are showing an increase in their taxes which could hurt this bond election. The fact is that the school needs are not going away, and do we want to support this effort to guarantee our young people receive the best education possible in a environment conducive to learning or not?
In the 1870s, a group of families from Elijay, Georgia chose this location in the verdant hills of the Paluxy valley to begin new lives and to establish their homes.
Today, other families are looking to this same location to begin new lives away from the hustle and bustle of the Metroplex or other urban areas. Let's welcome them by offering a school facility that we can all be proud of.
Vote YES on the Bluff Dale school bond election May 5.
Cathey Sims Hartmann,