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Updated: 5-24-2016, 4:20 p.m. – CORRECTION – An $88.5 million bond proposition in Brazoria County for improvements in the Alvin Community College District was soundly defeated by a 7-to-3 margin.
Posted: 5-9-2016, 10:55 a.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Plano Independent School District, with the largest bond proposition in the state’s May 7 elections, passed a $481 million package by a landslide with 78.54 percent voter support.
Combined with McKinney ISD’s $220,000 bond proposition and two other school districts in Collin County, the school districts north of Dallas represented more than a fifth of all the dollars being requested in bond elections across the state over the weekend.
McKinney’s bond proposition also passed. This allows the school district to build a new $62.8 million 12,000-seat football stadium. The rest of the financing is for school additions, renovations, and safety and security systems.
Also in Collin County, Anna ISD passed a $155 million bond with 70.6 percent support, and Melissa ISD passed a $150 million bond with 87.3 percent support.
Elsewhere in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region, Richardson ISD passed a $437 million bond, Grapevine-Colleyvilleapproved a $249 million bond and the Coppell Independent School District passed a $249 million package.
Statewide, TexasISD.com reported there were about 70 school district bond elections. With results for 52, the TexasISD.com said there appeared to be a 70 percent approval rate. Despite outsider opposition to a $130.5 million bond package for Cleburne ISD, voters approved it with 2,973 votes for and 1,425 against.
The Cleburne Times-Review said almost $84 million from the bond would be for a new 250,000-square-foot high school with competition gymnasium and auxiliary gymnasium, a softball field, band marching pad, cafeteria, kitchen and library; it is project to open August 2019. The current high school will be converted into the Career and Technological Education Center at a cost of $38.3 million. The remainder will be for technological upgrades and building maintenance.
In the Houston area, voters approved a $290 million bond package for Galena Park ISD. This is to rebuild six elementary campuses, construct the North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center, renovate various campus facilities and acquire land for future needs.
In Harris County, Sheldon ISD received 70 percent support for a $285 million bond package, and Huffman ISD passed a $44.1 million bond with 66 percent support.
Elsewhere in the greater Houston area, voters approved a $30 million bond package in Montgomery County for Splendora ISD; a $70 million package in Galveston County for Dickinson ISD; a $15 million package in Chambers County for Anahuac ISD; and $2.4 million and $600,000 bond propositions in Polk County for Goodrich ISD.
In San Antonio/Bexar County, voters approved three of four propositions put before them by the Judson ISD. Voters rejected a new wing for Mackey High School but approved funds for two new elementary schools and renovations on other campuses
Also in San Antonio, East Central ISD got its $86.1 million bond package through. This would fund a $24.15 million elementary school, a $13.5 million performance arts center and take care of numerous renovations and additions at various campuses.
In nearby Kendall County, voters approved a $175 million bond package for Boerne ISD. Superintendent David Stelmazewski, in a prepared statement, said projects supported by the bond will commence almost immediately, as site work for a new elementary school on Dietz Elkhorn just outside Fair Oaks Ranch gets underway. A preliminary timeline calls for the school to open August 2018.
The bond also will fund the district’s third middle school, on a site and schedule to be determined, and an additional elementary school on acreage in the new Esperanza subdivision immediately east of Boerne on Highway 46.
North of Austin, in Williamson County, Liberty Hill ISD got through a $35 million bond package, which will be used to construct a new elementary, provide improvements to the intermediate school, a new show arena at the agriculture facility, and new safety and security systems.