CISD School Bond Timeline

Michelle Smith, her 3 children are CISD students
Michelle Smith, her 3 children are CISD students
Randy McDowell, CISD Business and Operations
Randy McDowell, CISD Business and Operations

Taxpayers in Randall County will start paying to fund two new elementary schools in south Amarillo next year. But they won't actually see the schools built until at least 2009.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg joins reports on when the district will break ground.

Come spring, the Canyon Independent School District is hoping to start building at least one elementary school. For some parents, that isn't soon enough.

"I wish it would've come sooner for our schools," says Michelle Smith, a parent with three students in CISD.

"By adding elementary schools you are feeding more kids into intermediate schools, I think they need to address both issues at the same time," says Wendy Lacina, a CISD taxpayer.

The district hopes to open the campuses in August of 2009 and 2010. They say the schools are coming just in time.

"We are getting to the point where infrastructure is running close to capacity, you can only run so many kids through cafeteria and offices, so we think we've delayed it as long as we can," says Randy McDowell, the Assistant Superintent of CISD for Business and Operations.

The district is targeting two areas in south Amarillo for those campuses, one in City View and another just west of Soncy off Hillside.

Parents are happy the district addressed the need for elementary schools. They say they'll be willing to open up their checkbooks again when it's time to expand on the intermediate level.

"Taxes going up or down, whatever we need to do it's for the kids these are the future for Amarillo," says Smith.

The district says they may come to the voters with another bond election in four to five years.

It would address the need for more intermediate, junior and high schools.