Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Education

October 22, 2013

Fates of two ISD bonds and nine state constitutional amendments in voters’ hands

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GISD Superintendent Dennis Holt told the Index that the district is hoping to add a new science lab at the high school and converting the existing science lab for the elementary school.

Provided the bond passes, the district would add a new, safer and secure entrance to the high school building, a new bus barn and a new kitchen for the cafeteria, then use the current kitchen for a culinary arts classroom.

The bond money would also be used to build an athletic complex. Graford does not have a track, and currently it leases fields for high school softball and baseball games from the local youth association.

“The dimensions of both fields are not good for high school programs,” Holt said. “And since we don’t have a track ... that would be something good for our kids.”

Holt said the bond funds would also be used to build two locker rooms (in back of the gym where the old agriculture/science rooms were), the expansion of the current weight room and extra storage.

Additionally, it would address roofs and air conditioning.

If the GISD bond passes, property taxes would rise somewhere between 5.5 cents to 6.5 cents per $100 taxable property value. Holt said, for instance, a homeowner owning a house appraised at $100,000 would pay roughly $48 to $54 annually in property taxes.

How, where to vote

Early voting is through Nov. 1 and takes place at the following locations:

• At the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, located at 520 Oak St., in Palo Pinto: Oct. 22-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• At the Palo Pinto County Annex Building, located at 109 N. Oak Ave., in Mineral Wells: Oct. 22-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; extended hours are on Sunday, Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Lamar Elementary School: Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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