A new Chronicle story by Kim Jackson quotes Klein ISD superintendent Dr. Jim Cain as saying most of the residents he has spoken with favor a bond proposal that includes $130 million to raze and rebuild Klein High School:
Klein school district board members posed several questions about components of a proposed $647 bond package at a Tuesday workshop, but suggested no major changes to the plan developed by a bond steering committee over a four-month period and honed by Klein ISD superintendent Jim Cain this past month.
Cain said he is still working on a final bond proposal to bring to the board March 4. He said he will continue to take input, comments, and suggestions from the public and staff through the end of this week. All information will be considered as the final recommendation is developed, he said.
At Klein Independent School District’s March 4 regular board meeting ,the board will to vote call a May 10 bond election or not. The board can also make changes to the bond proposal before taking that vote, or leave it as presented to them by Cain.
The proposed $130 million Klein High School project calls for the demolition and reconstruction of all but four of the school’s older buildings some date back to the early 1960s and the relocation of the entire Klein High student body to the district’s proposed fifth high school on Spring-Cypress Road during the two-year construction process.
Tuesday Klein board members did not propose alternatives to the Klein High School project, but did ask if some of the buildings scheduled for demolition and reconstruction could be remodeled instead, thus cutting down on the project’s cost.
“How did you determine if the tower, which was built the same year as Klein Oak High School, should be torn down or remodeled?” said Klein board president Larry Allen.
Laptops for high school students are still in the proposal (parents are going to LOVE footing the bill to repair or replace those things!), with the board president saying, “If we are going to be held accountable for student achievement, there has to include a significant technology component.” And that component has to be school district-purchased laptops for all students?
Finally one board member asked what would happen if the bond fails. If the bond continues in its current form, residents should hope it fails, as it does not adequately address the current and future needs of Klein ISD’s students.
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