I want to thank Dickinson voters who were supportive of the school district in the 2005 and 2007 bond issues.

Bond issues paid for three school openings in 2005 and one in 2007 as well as renovations in four facilities and new furniture and equipment in all new facilities.

The 2014 bond calls for the construction of two new schools, an elementary school and a middle school that would share some facilities on the same site, on FM 517 west of Calder Road.

Dickinson ISD is an extremely fast-growing district with enrollment growing from 6,064 in 2003 to 9,900 in 2013.

The 2014 bond issue will officially go before voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 10 at Dickinson City Hall, 4403 state Highway 3.

Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 28 to May 2 and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5 and 6 at the Pop Gillis Support Center, 2218 FM 517 East.

The bond issue will come with a property tax increase of 3.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Taxpayers age 65 or older who have filed for an exemption will see no increase in their school taxes as a result of this bond issue, providing there is not an improvement to the residence that increases the taxable value.

I want to thank the following students I taught in Dickinson ISD who now teach in Dickinson ISD:

At College of the Mainland, Professor Bernie Smiley is an academic coordinator for Dickinson High School as part of the dual credit program.

He believes investing in our children tells potential businesses that we are investing in the community and shows that the community is growing and thriving.

Tom Butler has been an economics and government teacher at Dickinson High School for 23 years.

He began the Agricultural Science Program at Dickinson High School in 1994 and wants to help Dickinson schools grow and prosper for future generations in his hometown.

Mary Santarelli is the assistant band director at McAdams Junior High.

She is teaching in DISD to pay back to the community where she grew up.

Teaching band has been her calling in life where she hopes she is making a difference every day.

Heather Althoff has been teaching in Dickinson ISD since 2002.

She is presently teaching at Dunbar Middle School where she loves having the opportunity to connect the students with the world outside the classroom.

Voting for this bond would afford teachers an opportunity to reach each student through reduced class sizes.

Please help the adults of tomorrow by investing in the children of today.

These students are your future.

Sandy McDermott lives in Dickinson.


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