Abilene school district officials tell the local newspaper that their “New Year’s Resolution” is to increase taxpayers’ debt this May by $85.2 million, or $5,126 per student. This would include spending $2 million on a new press box for the local football stadium.

The district’s superintendent, David Polnick, tells the Abilene Reporter-News that his “job is to inform the public why the bond is needed.” Funny, and I always thought the superintendent’s job was to push papers… Now we learn it’s to increase spending and guilt people into debt!

The bond package also includes a lot of money for new construction as well as building renovations. They’re even stressing how much “security” they will be buying.

The sales-psycology makes twisted sense: you tell a bunch of soccer mom’s that the money will make junior safe, and they’ll vote to send everyone in the region to the poor-house.

Just 4 years ago the district convinced voters to take on $76.5 million ($4,544 per child)in debt for reconstruction. According to the Abilene Reporter-News, “schools slated for remodeling … will not be able to get all the renovations that were promised.”

Having already demonstrated that they couldn’t effectively manage the last multi-million debt package, the school district now wants to go further in debt. What a plan!

So in four years, Abilene ISD will have increased its debt-per-student by $10,000. And test scores… Flat. But, come now, don’t get caught up in silly things like performance! We’re talking about a new press box here! And security!

Pay up, Abilene.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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