Tyler’s college, university presidents endorse Tyler ISD bond proposal

Published on Friday, 21 April 2017 10:24 - Written by

CORY MCCOY

comccoy@tylerpaper.com 

 

The leaders of Tyler’s higher education community came together in support of Tyler ISD’s $198 million bond proposal to rebuild its aging high schools.

The presidents of The University of Texas at Tyler, UT Health Northeast, Tyler Junior College and Texas College made a joint announcement of their endorsement of the plan on Thursday.

“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 UT 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.”

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UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk Calhoun said Tyler is fortunate to have a fiscally responsible district and that Tyler students deserve classrooms that enhance their education, not impede it.

Tyler Junior College President Mike Metke encouraged residents to vote “Yes” and help affirm a bright future for Tyler and its students.

Texas College President Dr. Dwight Fennell called the bond unifying. He said the proposal will move Tyler in the right direction and help bring the community together.

Early voting runs from Monday to 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 .