It’s been said that everything is big in Texas and when it comes to bilking the municipal taxpayers for frivolous public school spending follies it could hardly get bigger than nearly $63 million dollars for, of all totally unnecessary things, a football stadium.
That’s right. The McKinney Texas Independent School District authorities have successfully talked 63 percent of the gullible taxpayers of this town of less than 150,000 inhabitants into footing the bill for a luxurious $62.8 million dollar 12,000 seat football stadium for high school football games.
This one tops them all – barely -- as the most expensive boondoggle ever built for high school football. The tiny hamlet of Katy Texas (population 15,000) is building another $62.5 million dollar, 12,000-seat facility for their high schoolers, and a $60 million dollar high school stadium has already been constructed in Allen Texas (population 92,000).
“We’re visionaries,” says Rick McDaniel, McKinney Independent School District Superintendent, after convincing the taxpayers of his community to pass a $220 million bond issue to fund the stadium and other district improvements. “And we believe we have a vision for McKinney ISD that will propel us forward for a long time.”
“We’re disappointed,” declared Mike Giles, a disgruntled McKinney taxpayer. “But the people have spoken.”
Yes, and I think those people have been drinking too much Kool-Aid.