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Letter: Now isn’t the time for Pecos bond

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By Eddie Roy Duran

  ... The Pecos School District illegally used Pecos students to handout the bond pamphlets at the homecoming game. Using students to campaign for political purposes is against the law.  The Pecos School District just recently built two new administrative buildings that cost close to $1 million; however, the monies used to build these administrative offices could have been re-appropriated to accommodate the students’ needs.  The Pecos School District is trying to pass a bond for $5.1 million. This number is not based on any specific statistics. There is no evidence that supports that this amount is needed for the school to accomplish their goals listed on the bond pamphlet. $5.1 million simply caps the limit of what this school district was allowed to pass in this bond.  Nowhere in the pamphlet does it state that if this bond passes and if the bond is not sold by 2011, interests on the bond are to be applied. If that were to happen, millions of dollars would be added to this bond. There is not a 100 percent guarantee that this bond will be sold this year. It is very likely that interest is to be applied. This information was not provided in the pamphlet. Education has to be the priority of the Pecos School District. Even though there are great teachers in this school district, the underclassmen have gone over a semester without a certified math teacher. Substitute teaching is taking the place of certified teaching in this school. This administration’s energies and time should be primarily focused on our students’ education. Teachers are being told that if this bond does not pass, there could be layoffs; when in fact, teachers’ salaries are not dependent upon a school passing a bond. In the previous two bond election attempts, the school’s administration conveyed to the community that if the bond did not pass, the free lunch program at our school would be taken away; when in fact, the free lunch program is still in affect.  During the previous bond election, it was falsely stated in a public board meeting that St. Anthony’s Parish donated the land adjacent to schools entrance. This information was used to try to convince the community of the necessity of the bond. Rev. Jerry Johnson publically stated that the parish did not give the school any property nor did it intend to give the school any property. False information like this has been used by this administration to manipulate the community to vote in favor of a bond. In closing, it is my strong belief, considering these points and the recession our country is in, now is not the time to pass a bond. Many people are losing their homes, are delinquent with their taxes, are in the long lines at the unemployment offices, and the list goes on. I am deeply moved by the concerns of the school’s administration. The school’s improvement projects stated on the bond pamphlet are great; however, I feel the passing of this bond will deepen the impact the recession has had on our community. I have always been known to support our school and students. Considering the circumstances, I hope the Pecos community will come to terms that if this bond passes, many are going to be affected financially.  Eddie Roy Duran  Pecos