UPDATE: Committee considers $200 million bond for PAISD

UPDATE:  The board approved a restructuring proposal that will assign all Pre-K through second graders to Booker T. Washington Elementary.  Third through fifth graders will go to DeQueen Elementary.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie says the reconfiguration will allow better age-specific instruction for the students.

Porterie says the next step is to explain the plans to make all parents comfortable with the idea.

Port Arthur voters may soon have to decide on whether to pass a bond proposal for the Port Arthur Independent School District.

The bond could total up to $200 million.

12News has learned exclusively that a bond committee has already been set up to look into the matter.

Jefferson County Commissioner Michael "Shane" Sinegal is one of more than twenty citizens on a bond committee planning the proposal.

Sinegal says its main goal will be to refurbish or rebuild Travis Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, and Terrell Elementary.

An auxiliary field with a track is also being considered in the project.

A proposal for the schools and the field would be presented to voters separately, which means they would have the option on what they would like to support.

And Woodrow Wilson currently serves as a performing arts center, but Sinegal says the facility also has classrooms that could be refurbished for future use. That's another item on this proposal.

Commissioner Sinegal says overcrowding at schools in the Port Acres area is also a concern that could be addressed with this bond proposal. There has been a population shift to that side of town.

The bond committee wants to have their plan to the PAISD Board of Trustees by August 18, so they can decide whether to put it on the November ballot.


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