Voters Say Yes To School Bond Issues In Six Area Districts

(May 11, 2013)—Voters in six Central Texas school districts said yes Saturday to bond issue proposals.

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The largest was in the Midway ISD where voters were asked to approve a $34.5 million bond proposal, which passed with 57 percent of the vote.

The proposal included $8.44 million for a multipurpose indoor athletic facility with a turf field and a weight room; $6.62 million for a fine arts wing and additions and renovations at Midway High School; $5.47 million for tablets for every student in the district; $2.71 million for roofing; $1.06 million for server and storage; $1.05 million for 10 trip buses with storage; $1.26 million for additional projects; $1.55 million for additional fine arts and extracurricular projects, and, $1.78 million for additional maintenance projects,

“The passage of the bond shows our community’s support of excellence in education,” Midway Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas said.

“We certainly appreciate the community’s support of our kids. The funds will allow for maintenance and transportation projects and exciting advancements forward in our curriculum and extracurriculars,” he said.

In the race for the Place 7 seat on the Midway School board, Rick Tullis won easily with 68 percent of the vote against Casey Joe Hubble, who opposed the bond proposal.

Voters in the China Spring ISD approved a proposed $15.31 million bond issue 60 percent to 40 percent.

The proceeds from the bond issue will pay for renovations and additions to the high school and elementary school campuses and district-wide improvements.

Voters in the McGregor ISD handily approved a proposed $18.5 million bond issue 70 percent to 30 percent.

Proceeds from the bond issue will pay to expand the capacity of McGregor Elementary School, renovate McGregor High School and to pay for security measures district-wide.

Lorena ISD voters approved a proposed $22.9 million bond issue 56 percent to 44 percent.

The proposal included $800,000 for campus-area roads to reduce congestion; $2 million for classroom additions to Lorena Primary School; $1.9 million for renovations to Lorena Elementary School; $1.3 million for expansion of the cafeteria and other renovations at Lorena Middle School, and $16.9 million for new classrooms, cafeteria, gym, athletics and support areas to connect all buildings under one roof as well as stadium renovations and improvements to the track and field.

Voters in the Groesbeck ISD said yes to a proposed $8 million bond issue 62 percent to 38 percent.

The bond issue will pay for buses, technology improvements, and school, locker room and field house renovations.

And voters in the Academy ISD approved a proposed $17.2 million bond issue 58 percent to 42 percent.

Proceeds will pay for a new intermediate school campus and for additions and renovations to the district’s high school and elementary school.

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Killeen voters decided one contested city council race and a long list of proposed charter amendments.

Terry Clark won the race for the District 3 City Council seat with 55 percent of the vote against Mike Lower.

Killeen 33 proposed charter amendments.

Killeen ISD voters decided two contested races Saturday.

Place 1 incumbent Shelley Wells defeated challenger Lan Carter with 62.5 percent of the vote and Place 2 incumbent Susan Jones narrowly survived a challenge from business owner John Gilmore, whom she defeated by just 14 votes.

Two Waco City Council races were contested Saturday.

Longtime District 2 incumbent Alice Rodriguez won her race against retired broadcaster and political newcomer Dave Emley with 57 percent of the vote.

District 4 incumbent Toni Herbert won another term, easily winning her race against challenger Shamiqua Robinson with 89 percent of the vote.

Retired educator Geneva Watley of Hewitt won the race for the McLennan Community College Board of Trustees, defeating Assistant West Intermediate School Principal Rob Fleming with 80 percent of the vote.

Temple voters decided two races Saturday.

Businessman Danny Dunn defeated Temple High School assistant basketball and football coach Lamar Collins to succeed Mayor Bill Jones III, who announced in January he was stepping down.

In the race for the District 1 seat on the Temple City Council, which Dunn left to run for mayor, Tim Davis defeated Scott Allen with 51 percent of the vote.

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