AUSTIN (KXAN) - Voters are heading to the polls this week to cast their ballots early in the $892 million Austin ISD bond election.
The principals at Murchison Middle School provided an up close look on Monday at what the bonds would pay for on their campus.
The tour started on the roof where cracks and pockets of air have formed over the years. School officials said when it rains, there are around 50 leaks in second floor classrooms.
Some of the water drips into Bret Corba's science classroom.
The next stop was the lunchroom where kids were packed in like sardines. The math does not add up. There are 420 seats for more than 470 students during each lunch period.
Tables were added in the courtyard, but when it rains or is hotter than 100 degrees some students end up sitting on the lunchroom floor.
"I think, 'man that must suck to not be able to have a full seat,'" said sixth grader Cooper Tyler. "Sometimes they share a seat and it's uncomfortable and we have to sit on the side."
"The facility is failing the campus and the students," said Cooper's mom, Valerie.
But for every problem sign, there are others who want the school bonds to fail.
"People have had enough," said Don Zimmerman with the Travis County Taxpayers Union.
The group fighting the propositions on the ballot made their presence known at a polling site Monday.
"We had a 2004 bond, 2008 bond, now we've got a 2013 and they all same the same things," said Zimmerman.
The group is questioning the district's debt and the timing of the election.
"They deliberately picked this election knowing it would be a historically low turnout," said Zimmerman.
Early voting runs from April 29 through May 7. Election Day is Saturday, May 11.
Click here for more information on the four propositions on the ballot.
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