From staff reports
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election is underway and the fate of two local school bonds and nine constitutional amendments is in the hands of voters.
In both Mineral Wells and Graford ISDs, voters are asked to decide on bonds to improve facilities.
Mineral Wells ISD
Mineral Wells ISD trustees are asking voters to approve a $25 million bond, primarily to:
• Replace Lamar Elementary, which was built in 1955 and is outdated.
• Improve campus security with building modifications, where needed.
• To replace the high school track and its foundation, that has succumbed to shifting ground. The track is also used by the community for walking/running and for events, like Relay for Life.
If voters approve the proposed bond, the new elementary campus will be located on the same property as Lamar and will be designed to serve approximately 850 students. Lamar currently has 747 students and 11 portable buildings – these are supposed to be temporary but have been around for numerous years.
Combined with the expertise of VLK Architects, the district used a volunteer facilities study committee, made up of local business leaders, parents and former teachers, to help shape the bond package.
During the past month, the district offered voters a number of events and facility tours in preparation for the bond election, which saw modest attendance. Additionally, district representatives and board members have presented bond facts before community groups and organizations. MWISD representatives are willing and able to speak to organizations on the bond, simply call the district’s administration office at (940) 325-6404. For more bond information, visit www.mwisd.net.
With aging facilities also an issue in Graford, the board of trustees is asking voters to approve a $7.5 million bond to cover school facilities and school buses. This includes the expansion/renovation of buildings and the cost of building an athletic complex, featuring new baseball and softball fields, a track and new locker rooms.