Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#130 Apr 2, 2014
I've got all kinds of medical records and blood tests!!

I can absolutely disprove everything this person is saying and I WILL be calling the Los Angeles Police Department tomorrow!!!

I hope to God that someone has lied and said I was an IV drug user and growing marijuana!!

I hope to God!!
Amazing

Pasadena, TX

#131 Apr 3, 2014
Heavy Fed wrote:
I've got all kinds of medical records and blood tests!!
I can absolutely disprove everything this person is saying and I WILL be calling the Los Angeles Police Department tomorrow!!!
I hope to God that someone has lied and said I was an IV drug user and growing marijuana!!
I hope to God!!
Amazing, you can prove everything but have done nothing.
East Texas

Brookshire, TX

#132 Apr 3, 2014
I don't think the school board should be allocated any bond funds until there is an open dialogue with the public and with industry in an effort to assess the purpose of education. Education has isolated itself from the feedback it needs to make it relevant in this ever changing world. I'm back on the school issue!!!!
East Texas

Brookshire, TX

#133 Apr 3, 2014
Who believes that the school members should be the ones to promote a bond program? If a valid needs assessment is done by the Board and the Board is sold on what is needed and votes to carry it out then the Board should be the ones to sell it to the voters. The administration should only provide the necessary data and assist. The architect should only be consulted. After all the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the property owners who pay the taxes. What do you think?
Go away

United States

#134 Apr 3, 2014
For those of you that want to have a conversation with HF please create a separate thread. This Bond is a serious issue for serious discussion.
Research please

United States

#135 Apr 3, 2014
MOMOFTWO wrote:
My household is voting no. I care very much about where my kids go to school, but this bond proposal looks like something written by the US Congress. It's like they said hey we need some money, and maybe this is the last time we can ever get any so let's ask for everything!
The jr. high schools do not need LED screens to disseminate information. The kids have 4 minutes between class, and you expect them to stand in the hallway to read and remember important announcements. What contingencies are in place for when the screens are broken or the software is outdated?
Marquee signs are a waste of money. What parent can say I attended an event, or knew of a holiday because I read the marquee sign in front of the school? Those things are upward of 30k a piece.
LED signs and marquee signs do nothing to improve the quality of education my kids are getting. Security upgrades - card access, lighting and cameras. How exactly does that help safety? Does it protect them from a tornado, a shooter, or protect our investment from a hurricane. Check out what DP did for student safety with the construction of San Jacinto Elementary on 13th street.
Come ask me for money when you can be reasonable, and please don't waste my time having me read through your dream book.
Thank you for making these comments. I hope more read your statements. I too have concerns about another Bond doing more "stuff". We said...kudos to you.
Research please

United States

#136 Apr 3, 2014
Unless there were other meetings the public was not aware of...the first meeting to discuss the Bond Proposal was February 3. Then there were five more meetins in February including the final meeting to go forward with asking the LPISD Board to call a Bond Election. Other than a simple summary of each of these meetings, there is no other information on how the came to the conclusion to have a Bond Election.

Where's the research on why? Where's the research on needs? Is there a needs assessment anywhere?

So, we are being asked to vote FOR $260 million...and it only took one month of meetings to decide?

The last time there were months of meetings and there was a great deal of info on the website to help us decide.

You will have to do better to get my vote.
LPISD STUDENT

Houston, TX

#138 Apr 3, 2014
I'm a junior high student at lpisd and think the bond is a amazing idea. We need more updated things to expand learning in the classroom, not only that but the high school will be sooo much better and improve. I think it's worth every Penny. You shouldn't complain If you want your child to have a good education

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#139 Apr 3, 2014
LPISD STUDENT wrote:
I'm a junior high student at lpisd and think the bond is a amazing idea. We need more updated things to expand learning in the classroom, not only that but the high school will be sooo much better and improve. I think it's worth every Penny. You shouldn't complain If you want your child to have a good education
$260,000,000 is about $7,500 for every single resident in La Porte... and that does not included the regular yearly taxes.

Though I appreciate your desire to learn and your need for up to date tech and teaching materials... I really don't think the requested bond will be used for what you think it will be used for.

There are no real earmarks as to what the $260,000,000 will be used for, basically what they are doing is asking the tax payers to give them the money and them saying,"Trust us to spend it wisely".
KellyB

La Porte, TX

#140 Apr 3, 2014
LPISD STUDENT wrote:
I'm a junior high student at lpisd and think the bond is a amazing idea. We need more updated things to expand learning in the classroom, not only that but the high school will be sooo much better and improve. I think it's worth every Penny. You shouldn't complain If you want your child to have a good education
I am not opposed to spending money on things that help you learn. I believe the additions at the high school are wonderful, and I am believe the vo-tech program would be a wonderful addition.

The problem is there is a lot of stuff in this proposal that doesn't add anything to your education. LED screens, and marquees do not help you learn. They are pretty, they look nice but they don't add anything to your learning. Card readers, lights, and security cameras - I just can't help but think those items should have been provided from capital maintenance programs over the years.

I think your education would be better served with more staff at the school. Do your teachers utilize their websites? I've found that most of the elementary teachers don't because they don't have time, or they lack the training. The school administrators at LXE and Baker do not routinely update the campus site. I love that the LXE plan shows an art and music room. Will they hire an art teacher? Will they have instruments?

When LPISD wants to spend the money on staff, and supplies to enhance your learning I will vote for that. I would not encourage anyone to vote for what is proposed this time. After they get $260,000,000.00 and waste it on stuff that doesn't help you learn, it will be harder for them to get money to buy the stuff you really need.
A Vote For the Bonds

La Porte, TX

#141 Apr 3, 2014
How do you get that figure?

I think you made it up.

First 80% or more of our taxes are paid by industry, and industry building and expansion here in La Porte is going gangbusters.

Second property values are going up, adding more money to the ability to pay this debt.

Third, if we vote this down, the industry money will go elsewhere because of Robin Hood.

Forth if you are over 65 this will not affect you at all, except you can sleep better at night knowing that millions will be spend to upgrade security to prevent or mitigate a "sandy hook" massacre.

If you are against this, first you are ignorant of the real facts, second you don't give a damn about our kids or our future.
Lucy

La Porte, TX

#142 Apr 3, 2014
A Vote For the Bonds wrote:
How do you get that figure?
I think you made it up.
First 80% or more of our taxes are paid by industry, and industry building and expansion here in La Porte is going gangbusters.
Second property values are going up, adding more money to the ability to pay this debt.
Third, if we vote this down, the industry money will go elsewhere because of Robin Hood.
Forth if you are over 65 this will not affect you at all, except you can sleep better at night knowing that millions will be spend to upgrade security to prevent or mitigate a "sandy hook" massacre.
If you are against this, first you are ignorant of the real facts, second you don't give a damn about our kids or our future.
If you are for this then you are for our district having a $60,000 debt per student.....4 times the state average. I vote NO

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#143 Apr 3, 2014
A Vote For the Bonds wrote:
How do you get that figure?

I think you made it up.

First 80% or more of our taxes are paid by industry, and industry building and expansion here in La Porte is going gangbusters.

Second property values are going up, adding more money to the ability to pay this debt.

Third, if we vote this down, the industry money will go elsewhere because of Robin Hood.

Forth if you are over 65 this will not affect you at all, except you can sleep better at night knowing that millions will be spend to upgrade security to prevent or mitigate a "sandy hook" massacre.

If you are against this, first you are ignorant of the real facts, second you don't give a damn about our kids or our future.
$260,000,000 divided by 35,000 residents.

Property values going up means more taxes for residents... it's not always a good thing for property values to go up.

So... you're saying we've got to vote for more debt to keep more money here???

For the security and safety of the children?

Again, anyone who plays on your emotions and asks you to do something for the safety and security of the children is usually full of shit.
laporte2

La Porte, TX

#144 Apr 3, 2014
LPISD STUDENT wrote:
I'm a junior high student at lpisd and think the bond is a amazing idea. We need more updated things to expand learning in the classroom, not only that but the high school will be sooo much better and improve. I think it's worth every Penny. You shouldn't complain If you want your child to have a good education
How much money are you going to pay each year towards the cosmetic bond? Your school is teaching liberalism through this bond issue.The property owners who pay for these bond issues say NO.
justsayin

La Porte, TX

#145 Apr 3, 2014
A Vote For the Bonds wrote:
How do you get that figure?
I think you made it up.
First 80% or more of our taxes are paid by industry, and industry building and expansion here in La Porte is going gangbusters.
Second property values are going up, adding more money to the ability to pay this debt.
Third, if we vote this down, the industry money will go elsewhere because of Robin Hood.
Forth if you are over 65 this will not affect you at all, except you can sleep better at night knowing that millions will be spend to upgrade security to prevent or mitigate a "sandy hook" massacre.
If you are against this, first you are ignorant of the real facts, second you don't give a damn about our kids or our future.
Every one in La Porte just got their property tax statements from Harris county. Most property values went down. If this bond passes it will cause Industry taxes to go up. Who do you think ends up paying for it? Business will pass on all this cost to you fools that voted yes on the bond.. HA HA. Every thing you buy will go up. This bond will go to build more look at me stuff for Dr. Graham and his brain dead puppets on the school board.

Why do you think La Porte schools rank at the bottom on academic achievement. They have nice athletic facilities but they can't spell athletics. More money spent on school cosmetics will not produce smarter kids.
Kelly B

United States

#146 Apr 4, 2014
A Vote For the Bonds wrote:
How do you get that figure?
I think you made it up.
First 80% or more of our taxes are paid by industry, and industry building and expansion here in La Porte is going gangbusters.
Second property values are going up, adding more money to the ability to pay this debt.
Third, if we vote this down, the industry money will go elsewhere because of Robin Hood.
Forth if you are over 65 this will not affect you at all, except you can sleep better at night knowing that millions will be spend to upgrade security to prevent or mitigate a "sandy hook" massacre.
If you are against this, first you are ignorant of the real facts, second you don't give a damn about our kids or our future.
I read the entire proposal, and no where did I see anything for security beyond cameras, lights, and card access. Those items do nothing to protect my child from a massacre, storm, or bully. Some schools already have cameras that were paid for through fundraising efforts.

Why do they need to pass a bond if property valuations are increasing? That is an automatic increase for their revenue stream. Does the district have a budget? They should have security upgrades and maintenance costs factored into the budget - they shouldn't have to come begging to maintain these buildings, especially the ones that are less than 10 years old.

This is a bloated, poorly justified proposal. I deeply resent the way it is being sold - do it for the kids, for security, for innovation. Mimicing the cosmetic make up of other districts is not innovative, it doesn't improve education, and it doesn't make anyone safer.
East Texas

Brookshire, TX

#147 Apr 4, 2014
You don't vote for the bonds just because you have the tax revenue or just because 80% of the revenue comes from industry or just because if you don't spend the money it will be sent elsewhere in the State:

YOU SELL BONDS BECAUSE YOU HAVE LONG TERM CAPITAL NEEDS FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE.

This requires careful planning and a LONG TERM needs assessment.
You vote for bonds because the necessary research and planning have been done by the Board and you are satisfied that, indeed, the needs are there and the revenue to retire the bonds is adequate.

The credibility of the Board weighs heavily on the decision of the public.
justsayin

La Porte, TX

#148 Apr 5, 2014
Did you see the phony article on the Front page of the La Porte news paper.? It says the property tax raise will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per year for a $100,000 property. The fact is that the tax is two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) per year. Did the school superintendent Dr. Graham write the article or pay to have it written. This it despicable and I demand a retraction.
Voting NO

Spring, TX

#149 Apr 5, 2014
Check out this thread regarding our School Superintendent. Do your research folks. I'm voting NO. I want to know exactly where and what my tax dollars are going to be spent on. The bond is too open-ended.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/greenville-tx...
Fwd think

Joplin, MO

#150 Apr 5, 2014
justsayin wrote:
<quoted text>
Every one in La Porte just got their property tax statements from Harris county. Most property values went down. If this bond passes it will cause Industry taxes to go up. Who do you think ends up paying for it? Business will pass on all this cost to you fools that voted yes on the bond.. HA HA. Every thing you buy will go up. This bond will go to build more look at me stuff for Dr. Graham and his brain dead puppets on the school board.
Why do you think La Porte schools rank at the bottom on academic achievement. They have nice athletic facilities but they can't spell athletics. More money spent on school cosmetics will not produce smarter kids.
Great post, sorry but this point bears repeating, the CEO superintendent does not have a doctorate. Taxpayers, don't let yourselves be manipulated and played for saps.

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