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Bond election meetings a boon

A town hall meeting to discuss the 2013 Denton school bond election came and went in just minutes Monday night, and we were left wondering why more local taxpayers didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to learn about such an important issue.

Aside from the five bond committee members and four representatives from the Denton school district, only three people attended the meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Supporters of the $312 million bond package, which goes before voters Nov. 5, say projects included in the package will provide facilities needed to serve the school district’s growing population.

The bond package includes construction of a fourth comprehensive high school slated for construction along the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor, a 23rd and 24th elementary school, an eighth middle school, a ninth-grade addition at Guyer High School, renovations at 17 campuses, energy conservation improvements and land acquisition.

According to a video presented Monday, the student population has more than doubled since 2000, from 13,400 to more than 26,000. By 2018, enrollment is projected at 31,000 students.

Jim Smith, who served on the 2007 bond committee and attended the meeting, said that people who haven’t heard about the bond election should have been there Monday night.

We couldn’t agree more. There’s a lot at stake here, and voters need to be informed.

Since August, the school bond committee has made several election presentations before Denton school PTAs and other community groups, and about 11 additional presentations are scheduled through Oct. 30.

The bond committee will make its next presentation at 6:30 tonight at Navo Middle School, 1701 Navo Road in the U.S. 380 Corridor.

Other scheduled presentations include: 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sam Houston Elementary School PTA meeting; and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the E.P. Rayzor Elementary School PTA meeting.

Information about the bond election will also be available at several upcoming community events, including the Paloma Creek Chili Cook-Off and Vendor Fair on Saturday and the Southeast Denton Neighborhood Association meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

We encourage Denton ISD residents to take advantage of one of these or other opportunities to learn more about the upcoming bond election. Voters need as much as information as they can get to make an informed decision.

The Denton school district has experienced dynamic growth in recent years, and district officials are trying to deal with the challenges this growth has presented.

That’s what this bond election is all about, supporters tell us — it’s a package that the district needs to make sure that students get the right kind of education.

If you live in the Denton school district, the decision will be yours on Nov. 5, so make sure you are informed.

It will only take a few minutes to get the facts about the Denton school bond election, but the consequences of not getting involved could last for a very long time.