Texarkana, TX 49° View Live Radar Sun H 62° L 39° Mon H 58° L 41° Tue H 61° L 47° Weather Sponsored By:

TASD discusses support of plan for new school

TASD discusses support of plan for new school

October 18th, 2017 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

The theme and goal of the Texarkana, Ark., School Board was expressed in two words Tuesday during a presentation called "Potential Realized."

Dr. Becky Kesler, TASD superintendent, explained the goals to the audience in the school board meeting which includes the staff and students will continue to realize their educational potential.

About 63 percent of the students have access to advance placement courses, Kesler said, and at the junior high level, seven advanced placement courses are available.

The district also will ask voters to approve the construction of a middle school without raising taxes, she said.

The Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors and the Miller County Quorum Court recently approved resolutions supporting the restructuring of school district bonds to fund a new middle school.

Residents will vote on the bond issue in November. If they approve it, the proposed restructuring will not require any new or increased taxes and will be repaid through the existing 13.90 mills for debt services, Kesler said.

"The state has agreed to give us $6 million toward building a new school and leaves us just about $15 million short. The way we're going to come up with the money is to restructure our bonds," she said Monday during the city Board of Directors meeting.

The age of some of the school buildings are 50 and 60 years old.

"We pride ourselves for a balanced budget and the maintenance of the buildings. The staff does a good job of keeping the buildings up to standards," Kesler said.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com