NAACP opposes $1.6B DISD bond proposal

The NAACP opposes the $1.6 billion bond proposal in front of the Dallas ISD school board. David Goins reports.

DALLAS – The Dallas chapter of the NAACP said Sunday its members will not support a proposed $1.6 billion bond for DISD schools because they have not seen enough details about the plan.

Arthur Fleming, chapter president, told reporters on Sunday that there is a perception that the bond money will not be spent equally across DISD schools, especially on campuses in the southern sector.

"I think they need to slow down, let the community see what's in the bond package and then go from there," Fleming says.

The board of trustees have an Aug. 24 deadline to decide whether to place the bond on the November ballot.

The package would allow for the construction of nine new or replacement schools, classrooms, labs and improvements to facilities across the district.

Miguel Solis, a trustee for District 8, which covers portions of central and northwest Dallas, says he will continue listening to community members this week.

"We have a lot of needs in DISD and at some point our kids can wait no longer," Solis says.

Fleming and other NAACP leaders would like the district to delay the bond package until next spring, allowing for the hiring of a permanent superintendent.

Dr. Michael Hinojosa was named interim superintendent in late June after the abrupt resignation of Mike Miles.

Hinojosa served as DISD superintendent from 2006 to 2011.

Fleming says a national search should be conducted and that Hinojosa should not be included.

"It looks like they're trying to rehire Mr. Hinojosa and we're against that," Fleming said.

DISD Board President Eric Cowan told News 8 on Sunday that trustees are trying to handle the bond issue and the search for a superintendent separately.

Community meetings about details for the bond continue this week with a meeting Monday evening at South Oak Cliff High School and three meetings Tuesday evening at Skyline High School, the Latino Cultural Center and Roosevelt High School. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

The next regular board meeting for trustees is slated for Aug. 27, so the board will have to call a special meeting in order to vote to advance the bond to voters.

Board members told News 8 they expect that special meeting to happen most likely on Friday.


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