Dr. RICKIE HARRIS — West Orange-Cove CISD 2024 Bond Proposal is investment in early childhood education, district upgrades

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District would like to thank the community for entrusting us with the 2018 Bond. This has enabled the district to provide great resources for WOCCISD students and the community.

We are excited to announce the proposal for the 2024 Bond, which aims to enhance education facilities and ensure the safety and security of students and staff.

The bond will include projects such as constructing a new North Early Learning Center campus, district-wide safety upgrades, restroom and HVAC upgrades, technology enhancements and acquiring new buses.

Built in 1964, North Early Learning Center is located at 801 Cordrey Avenue. It has historically been the home of North High School and M.B. North Middle School and operates as North Early Learning Center.

Here, we nurture and educate over 300 of our littlest Mustangs. North offers full-day Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, Head Start, and Early Childhood Special Education, catering to every child’s unique needs.

The bond proposal’s centerpiece is the construction of a new North Early Learning Center campus, which will be built on the 27 acres of land behind the elementary school that the district has already purchased.

This modern facility will cater to our community’s early education needs and provide an immersive experience.

Furthermore, the bond will allocate funds for safety and security upgrades throughout the district, ensuring that all schools maintain the highest standards of safety protocols.

Additionally, student and staff restroom facilities will be upgraded to improve functionality and hygiene standards. HVAC systems will be modernized to enhance energy efficiency and indoor air quality, creating a more comfortable learning environment.

Technology upgrades are also a key component of the bond proposal. These enhancements will enable WOCCISD to stay at the forefront of educational innovation.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art tools and resources, empowering them to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

The district’s tax base and valuation allow these improvements without impacting homeowners’ tax rates. Homeowners will NOT see an increase in their tax rate. WOCCISD’s tax rate has remained the same or decreased for the past 10 years.

However, it’s important to note that state law now requires every school district to include the statement, “This is a property tax increase,” on the ballot, regardless of the actual impact on the tax rate.

Information on the tax rate and previous years can be found on our website at WOCCISD.net or the bond website, www.WOCCISDbond.com. .

Additionally, WOCCISD offers substantial homestead exemptions to homeowners. In addition to the $100,000 state exemption, we offer a 20 percent district exemption.

To participate in the decision-making process, residents must be registered to vote by April 7 to be eligible for the May 4 election.

Early voting will take place from April 22-26 to April 29-30, and election day is May 4.

For more information on the bond proposal and voting details, please visit woccisdbond.com.

Thank you for your continued support, and GO MUSTANGS!

Dr. Rickie Harris serves as superintendent of the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District.