Scattershooting....while wondering about the ROISD starting excavation for the new high school before the Red Oak P & Z Board even takes a look at their planning? Don't think anyone in the neighboring housing developments have been contacted about this construction project other than a form letter announcing a P&Z meeting in June. I certainly haven't. Have YOU?
Has the ROISD done its homework as far as noise abatement, light abatement, environmental impact open hearings/studies of construction upon the neighbors on three sides of the new school? I've not seen anything to date and I DO have a dog in THIS hunt.
What about campus security issues? students can leave campus via properties on three sides of the campus as desired. Another larger issue is intruders getting ONTO the campus via three sides of this construction. Students can walk off the campus down my driveway and intruders can walk onto the campus from multiple properties adjacent to my driveway. Other than internal security, has any type of separating wall or steel fence going to be installed? This would be not only address security concerns but would be aesthetically appealing as well to support the property values of communities that border the school? No information on this has been provided to residents to date.
I'm sure the ROISD will give the excuse that "no money has been allocated for this fencing". I'll call BS on this now after being intimately involved in construction of 3 new schools this year; one of which comprises 11 individual buildings on an 18 acre campus. We HAD to fence the property (steel barred fencing) to ensure safety of students. I'm also sure that the "we've got a high tech camera system solution" will be used as well. Been there...done that 3 times last year too. No camera will keep intruders out and students from leaving campus. I won't hold my breath but definitely will voice an opinion at the P&Z, ROISD (if any are held), and Council meetings.
We gave a 95Million dollar "carte blanche" to ROISD. They can afford to build whatever they want...been there done that too!
It seems as if all the ROISD really wanted was our tax money...they have not communicated with the people living adjacent to the new school. It's just bond money, and "won't affect my taxes"(BS x2). A little consideration for the people footing this bill would be appreciated but won't be forthcoming. I guess we're just to roll over like we did for the bond issue.
I guess I shouldn't gritch because "it's for the kids" right?