DALLAS – Polls are now open for early voting across Dallas County. As time winds down for voters to decide whether to support a $1.6 billion bond election for Dallas Independent School District, some community members are speaking out.
"This one is not fair," shouted Reverend Marion Barnette during a demonstration outside the Dallas ISD administration building on Monday.
Barnette is among a growing number of critics voicing opinions about the proposed bond and its facility recommendations.
"We have come together today to inform the people in the Dallas community to vote no for the bond election," said Reverend Ronald Wright of Justice Seekers Texas.
A small group of pastors, educators, and concerned community members stood in protest outside the Dallas ISD administrative offices, blasting the proposed bond. They say the plan snubs schools that are in desperate need of upgrades and repair in communities across southern and west Dallas.
"It's really sad how certain conditions in the southern sector go unattended," said Dr. Juanita Wallace. "They want to go ahead and use $1.6 billion to be voted on November 3rd. I say no!"
Critics of the bond package argue the proposed plan offers too many patchwork fixes for campuses like Kimball, Carter, Atwell, and South Oak Cliff High School, to name a few. They say it leaves some community campuses like Pinkston High School in jeopardy of being closed.
"We have more than $4 billion worth of capital needs that need to be done here in Dallas ISD, and as much as we'd like to do everything that needs to be done at one time, that's not possible," said Andre Riley, a district spokesperson.
Dallas ISD says the bond package was based on recommendations by a task force that included community members.
"Do we need a bond election to repair our schools? Yes!" Rev. Wright said. "But we don't need this bond election."
The group is urging all voters to take a good look at the proposed Dallas ISD bond before heading to the polls.
LINK: Early voting information