Rich Hickman told a Lovejoy resident, December 11th, 2002
in a public meeting at Friendship Baptist Church, that there was a secondary
budget and all of the answers to her financial concerns were addressed
in that budget. He asked her to please get that information from Robert
December 12th, 2002 the resident went to met with Robert Puster to get
a copy of the budget. She brought two other residents with her, one
who supported consolidation, the other who preferred smaller schools
if financially feasible.
Mr Puster gave them a proposed bond amortization schedule
and the Genesis Partnership study. Only after pressing for a budget
were they supplied with the Sanger ISD secondary budget.
Lovejoy ISD did not have the secondary operating budget
promised by Rich Hickman, school board President.
Despite multiple requests, Lovejoy ISD still has not publicly shared
a pro forma secondary operating budget.
2004 letter from Lovejoy stating that there is still no secondary operations
has based its financial projections for secondary schools on maintaining
small class sizes, as has always been our philosophy. "
Dallas Morning News 2/5/03
"Lovejoy Superintendent Carol Ray said Tuesday that
administrators and financial planners would begin drawing up plans for
a possible $61 million bond package for new schools, including a building
that could temporarily house a junior and senior high school to open
"They're in the midst of preparing for that night,"
Dr. Ray said. "We're already working toward calling for a bond
election in April."
Lovejoy needs a school at the elementary, middle
and high school levels. But if a bond proposal passes, the district
first would build one school to house middle and high school students.
The district would then build a middle school and an elementary school
as growth demands, she said. "
High School Size
High School Size cut from original 225,000
by 25,000 now another bond needed to expand.
growth might soon force administrators to plan additions to the school
before it even opens, Mr. Hickman said. That could mean asking voters
to approve a bond package for expansion, he said." DMN Oct 14,