The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

April 16, 2014

Missed information

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

Monday evening, April 14, a public forum sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce was conducted to give information and insight into the $72 million GISD bond package election that voters will decide on May 10. I was in attendance and did indeed gain much insight into this very comprehensive, detailed, and very crucial bond proposal.

If, however, you were not present at this forum and are relying solely on the article written by Mr. Hamrick in the Tuesday, April 15 Herald-Banner, you missed much great information and clarification from questions and comments that were vocalized during the public forum time.

In my opinion, the majority of the opinions, questions, and comments provided in Mr. Hamrick’s article were gained from side interviews rather than from questions, answers, and comments from participants in the actual forum. While Mrs. Cathey’s and Mr. Evans’ comments are both noteworthy, the largest percentage of this article is devoted to these side interviews.

The following are just a few examples of information gained in the live session of questions and comments at this forum. I learned details of how school will be conducted at Lamar Elementary for the Bowie students during a Bowie Elementary building program.

Those details proposed are to have portable buildings behind Lamar elementary with additional access to this school property from US Highway 69 via GISD property. I learned about the possibility of students outside GISD transferring into the district for programs offered at the proposed Career and Technology Center and how GISD could be reimbursed for these students. I learned about interest rates and some of the technicalities of the actual issuance of the bonds upon a successful election.

Mainly, for me personally, I was convicted of the realization that if this bond proposal fails, Greenville ISD’s future, its programming, and its vitality could certainly be hindered in its striving to attain even greater potential. I am convicted that the safety, security, and integrity of our physical school premises could become compromised.

Seventy or so were in attendance at Monday evening’s forum. I truly wish more could have been present in person and heard all the comments and information presented. Information and comments were given from many different perspectives and was much more comprehensive than the Herald-Banner article indicates.

Early voting begins April 28, with the election on May 10. I am voting “Yes,” and I am also asking that everyone please read, study and truly understand all the aspects of this very crucial bond proposal.

Also, as good as the Herald-Banner is, please do not rely simply on its reporting, and certainly do not just rely on letters to the editor such as this one. There have been numerous mailings. There is There are knowledgeable school personnel and private citizens involved. Please be informed!

Tricia Parker



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