JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

It’s Election Day, and if you haven’t already voted during early voting, you have until 7 p.m. to find your polling place and cast your ballot for or against several amendments to the state constitution. And there’s also a good chance you’ll be voting about a school bond, too, since both the Highland Park Independent School District and the Dallas Independent School District are both holding bond elections.

And listen, you’ve seen how I’m voting. You know how I feel about voting. And I wrote an earlier story here. You may have even seen several important  discussions about what you may be hearing (erroneously) about the DISD bond vote. So I won’t belabor the point.

But I will say this: See this picture atop the story? That’s JJ Rhoads Learning Center in the Fair Park area. I spend two days a week there, tutoring a wonderful kid. JJ Rhoads is getting a whole new school, one that will allow the school to expand its Pre-K program, something that will only help improve the odds that things improve with the Lincoln High School feeder pattern as children have a better chance to get an early start at the goal of reading at grade level by third grade – something that makes all the difference in so many aspects of a student’s graduation prospects.  Why does JJ Rhoads need a new school? Take a look at this.

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As predicted yesterday, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to place a $1.6 billion bond program on the November ballot today. Trustees Joyce Foreman and Bernadette Nutall, citing scheduling problems, were not in attendance for the vote.

Over the next few months, we will begin looking at each component of the bond program, including which schools will be affected, how the money will be spent, and the conditions of the schools that have been selected to benefit from upgrades or replacement.

“This is the public’s vote, and the public’s schools,” board president Eric Cowan said during today’s meeting. “It’s not just nine Trustees deciding we want to spend $1.6 billion. We’re asking the public.”

In the meantime, let me leave you with this: If you thought the turnout was low for a school board and city council election for Dallas public schools, just wait for this bond election. If you feel strongly either way, it’s time to make sure you’re registered to vote and make the long, arduous trek uphill both ways in the snow to your polling place on November 3.