Parent: AISD bond could stop staph infections


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 11:55 PM

AUSTIN -- The $892 million AISD bond is their biggest one yet, but one concerned parent tells KVUE the price tag for taxpayers is worth it and the reason why may surprise you: Staph infections.

They are a big, recurring problem at Austin High School, according to Lindsay Rosenthal, whose husband Mark is the athletic coordinator and football coach.

“It's a problem all the time there, we had one girl in the hospital a couple weeks ago,” said Rosenthal, who also said her husband “has student athletes and P.E. kids go to the doctor and the first question is ‘Oh do you go to Austin High?'"

Rosenthal said the staph outbreak stems from cramped conditions.

“Teams don't have locker rooms and two and three people are sharing lockers," she said.

She believes the $892 million bond would help fix a pressing health concern.

“Right now, half of the weight room is outside, so they would actually enclose that and have an upgraded training room," Rosenthal said.

The bond has faced opposition. On Tuesday, the Travis County Taxpayers Union filed a lawsuit claiming the bond's language, stating it would cost the average homeowner $70 more per year, is misleading.

"They're giving an optimistic estimate of what the taxes could be. They could be that amount, they actually could be less, or they could be far more,” said Don Zimmerman.

Whatever happens in court, Rosenthal hopes spreading the word about the conditions in Austin schools will speak to voters at the polls.

Early voting for that nearly billion dollar bond begins April 29th. If it passes, a majority of the money will go toward fixing schools and helping ease overcrowding.


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