Trish Choate, Wichita Falls Times Record News
The two-high school plan that has appealed to Wichita Falls ISD trustees would save nearly $6 million over another option for having two high schools in the district, according to preliminary figures.
The price tag for the plan trustees like amounts to approximately $292.4 million as outlined in a draft proposal WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt presented earlier this month.
Trustees still in planning stages for modernized schools
Trustees, however, are still deep in the planning stage to modernize school facilities They have made no decisions yet on moving forward with a proposal and bonds to finance it to put before voters — possibly Nov. 3.
“The feedback I’ve received … from political consultants and others who specialize in bond elections and voter turnout is that we need a big turnout,” WFISD Board President Elizabeth Yeager said at a Nov. 18 school board meeting.
“And the best opportunity for that is November 2020 if we want to pass a bond,” Yeager said.
She said they will continue their discussions on facilities modernization at another meeting soon.
Here is the option supported by trustees:
High school No. 1:
- 363,280 square feet
- Includes International Baccalaureate Program
- Maximum capacity of 1,695 students
- Functional capacity of 1,526 students
- Total estimated project cost of $145.2 million
High school No. 2
- 351,672 square feet
- 100 students from high school No. 2 to attend the International Baccalaureate Program at high school No. 1
- 1,595 maximum capacity students
- 1,426 functional capacity students
- Total estimated project cost of $147.2 million