Over 250 members of the community are expected at the SHAPE Community Center in the 3rd Ward on Monday for a forum on the HISD Bond. Specifically, the forum’s purpose is to call for more transparency on the bonds, among other issues, from HISD administrators and its Board of Trustees.
On August 20th at 6pm dozens of local groups will host community forum on the HISD Board of Trustees approving $1.8 billion bond. The community groups are outraged at the lack of transparency in how funds will be allocated to underserved areas. The group plans to address the invited Board of Trustees with a slew of questions pertaining to the bond’s contractors, local hiring, and renovations of dilapidated schools. Many are concerned that similar issues will happen akin to the 2007 HISD Bond.
Last week many community groups representing Good Jobs Great Houston, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and underserved areas like Acres Homes and Kashmere Gardens addressed the Board of Trustees at the HISD School Board Meeting asking specific questions about the then proposed bond. The community group left the meeting with many unanswered questions, which prompted the community forum. Trustees from District 7 and 2 have agreed to attend the forum including local politicians like Rep. Alma Allen.
DosCentavos will be there as I try to wrap my own mind around this whole bond thing, take in the negatives, and weigh them with the positives of rebuilding local high schools. Ultimately, the community must be heard and this is a good opportunity put on by dozens of organizations.
Thanks to Ar’Sheill Sinclair of Good Jobs Great Houston for keeping me informed on this matter.
When: August 20th
Where: SHAPE Community Center 3903 Almeda Road