Garland Chamber Supports Local School Bond Election

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On Oct. 8, 2014, the Garland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted in favor of a recommendation brought forth by the Chamber's Executive Committee to support making a $5,000 contribution to the GISD Bond Political Action Committee. See the letter of support below for additional information.



To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of the Garland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to announce the Chamber’s position in favor of the school bond election called by the Garland Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Garland voters will decide whether to approve the $455.5-million bond proposal in the Nov. 4 election. The Garland ISD board currently plans to use approximately $367.7 million to address needs such as aging facilities, student safety and 21st-century education. The remaining approximately $87.8 million would be allocated to fund educational opportunities for district students. A proposed Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center would give high school students equal access to CTE courses and also allow Garland ISD to implement new programs or expand existing ones.

As the Chamber’s mission indicates, it is the role of the organization to act as the catalyst for positive change in the greater Garland community. Education is a critical component of this mission as Garland employers face a growing need for a qualified workforce. As an advocate for local business, the Chamber supports the Garland ISD effort to ensure our local school district not only remains competitive among other districts, but that its’ graduates will one day be competitive in the labor force.

In order to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to workforce development at every level and to make a positive impact on the initiatives that meet the needs of our diverse business community, the Garland Chamber will make a contribution to the Garland ISD Bond Election Political Action Committee in the amount of $5,000.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely

Phil Elmore, Chairman of the Board

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