The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed the 2018 San Angelo Independent School District bond, believing that improvements to campus infrastructure is directly tied to the economic success of San Angelo.

“The San Angelo Chamber board of directors endorsed the SAISD bond issue today because education directly affects our economy,” said C.J. Muniz, board chair. “We’re in competition with other communities that invest in educational facilities and programs. Industries have the option to choose communities that are attractive to their employees.  San Angelo has always worked to be that kind of community.”

Chamber President and CEO Bruce R. Partain said the board studied the issue carefully, and felt the benefits made sense for all of San Angelo.

“One of the Chamber’s roles is to be the voice of business,” Partain said. “As business people, we know that infrastructure and education investments enable San Angelo to be successful in the future.”

School district officials estimate $76 million will return to the community through compensation benefits and salaries over five years; additionally, construction work will create 1,670 jobs for one year. Many of the upgrades focus on security for students and staff.