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Higher education leaders unite to support Tyler ISD bond

TYLER, April 20, 2017—Today, leaders of Tyler higher education institutions joined together in support of the upcoming Tyler ISD bond.

Administration of The University of Texas at Tyler, UT Health Northeast, Texas College, and Tyler Junior College stand united backing the school bond.

“Building a future for the students of Tyler is a critical mission. When our students are successful, our city and our region are stronger,” said Michael Tidwell, president of The University of Texas at Tyler. “We recognize the importance of making certain that our schools are up-to-date with the latest safety features and the technology students need to prepare for high-performing careers. I am proud to support this bond effort for Tyler ISD because it will provide the students in our great city with the tools they need to become successful adults.”

“I am proud to endorse the 2017 TISD bond,” Dr. Kirk Calhoun, President of UT Health Northeast stated. “We are fortunate to have a fiscally responsible school district. The evidence is overwhelming and clear that this funding is needed in order to continue to renovate, repair, or replace aging or deteriorating facilities. Our children deserve classrooms that enhance their education, not impede it.”

Tyler Junior College President, Dr. Mike Metke, called on the community to support the bond in order to continue to make Tyler one of the greatest places in the nation. My wife and I are proud to live in Tyler, one of the greatest places in the USA,” Dr. Metke stated. “We want to do whatever we can to help make Tyler's public education institutions as great as this great city deserves. We believe a ‘yes’ vote for TISD's bond election is needed and that a ‘yes’ vote helps affirm a bright future not only for the students in our high schools, but for all of us,” he continued.

Texas College President Dr. Dwight Fennell said the bond should be seen as unifying – bringing the community together to benefit students now and plant seeds for future growth. “Without a doubt, the TISD bond is in the right direction,” Dr. Fennell said. “It’s one we should all support and applaud. It’s one that brings us all together in spite of public or private, in spite of denominational type of experiences related to our school system. It makes us a family of one and it brings East Texas together. We are excited about it and without any hesitation, Texas College stands in support of this initiative.”

The proposed bond will renovate both high schools, serving to improve energy efficiencies, and enhance instruction by providing innovative technology and collaborative learning spaces that will prepare students for success after graduation. These much-needed improvements will also help the district recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.

Since 2003, all Tyler ISD bond programs have been completed on time and under budget.

Early voting is April 24 – May 2 and voting day for Tyler ISD residents is Saturday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.tylerproud.org.

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