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Bells voters to decide school bond issue

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Science labs at Bells High School would get an upgrade if voters pass an $8 million bond issue. (KTEN) Science labs at Bells High School would get an upgrade if voters pass an $8 million bond issue. (KTEN)
Bells High School senior Tyler Vanduser was a part of the committee making recommendations for the bond issue. (KTEN) Bells High School senior Tyler Vanduser was a part of the committee making recommendations for the bond issue. (KTEN)

BELLS, Texas -- The Bells Independent School District wants to upgrade their high school by asking voters to approve an $8 million bond issue.

The district is hoping to improve security, expand classrooms, and modernize the school's library and science labs.

"It is needed," said Bells High School Principal Josh Weger. "Our teachers will work hard no matter what, and our students will work hard no matter what, but we want to be on the cutting edge. We want our students to go to college, and to have had things in their hands, and experiences, and technology that better prepare them."

Before announcing the proposal, the district created a bond committee with community members, teachers, and current high school students.

"They've been here for four years, and so if anyone knows where we can improve, it's them," Weger said.

Senior Tyler Vanduser offered input through the entire process.

"We were able to sit down and discuss with about 30 to 40 people what we needed to change about the school, and what needed to be changed so students can better advance their education," he said.

The committee decided the main focus should be to expand and renovate, while also updating the library and science labs.

"The building that we're in here at the high school is 35 years old now, and it's time for some updates," Bells ISD Superintendent Joe Moore said.

If taxpayers go along with the district's bond proposal, a home valued at $100,000 would see a property tax increase of less than $25 a year.

The election is set for Saturday, May 5. Early voting will be available from April 23-27 at Bells City Hall; hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Voters can also cast ballots on April 30 and May 1 at the same location, with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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