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Mathis ISD proposes $13.5 million bond for improvements to improve high school

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 18:18:53-04

Mathis ISD is asking the community for millions of dollars to make changes at the High School.

District officials say the $13.5 million dollar bond is a step towards the future.

Superintendent Benny Hernandez says the building, which was built in the 1950’s is outdated in every way, from technology to accessibility.

“Parents who graduated from Mathis, now their kids are there and they’re in the same classrooms that they were in, even some grandparents,” says Superintendent Benny Hernandez.

Hernandez says their biggest concern is student safety. The current campus consists of 16 different buildings.

“I have students moving all over the place, it’s a campus of about 435 students,” says Hernandez.

The proposed plan will add 25 classrooms to their newest building, keeping students under one roof.

Hernandez says the proposal gives them space and technology to offer career courses, in some cases, students can graduate with certificates.

“We want to afford all our students every opportunity to get out there in the workforce,” says Hernandez.

The goal is to provide students in Mathis, with opportunities similar comparable to larger districts.

“The students, they tell our principals, boy I wish we had that, in this sense the feeling of you know what, you’re on the same playing field now,” says Hernandez.