By CLINT FOSTER
Mineral Wells and Graford ISDs are gearing up for their respective bond elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Citizens should note that Monday, Oct. 7, is the last day to register to vote in the bond election. For information on voter registration, visit votetexas.gov.
MWISD trustees are asking voters for a $25 million bond, primarily to replace Lamar Elementary, the high school track and improve security at all campuses.
The district has planned a number of events and facility tours, with the first – a town-hall meeting at Lamar Elementary – Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. Following the meeting, there will be a tour of the elementary school for all those interested.
MWISD will offer two more tours of Lamar this week: on Thursday, 10-11 a.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to noon.
The rest of the month’s schedule includes a second town hall meeting at Mineral Wells High School on Oct. 15, 6-7 p.m, followed by a tour of the track facilities. MWISD will offer two more tours of the track – Oct. 16 and 17 at 7:30 a.m.
There will be a tour of all MWISD campuses, including the track, on Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by one last tour of the track on Oct. 22, at 7:30 a.m.
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election begins Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1.
Graford ISD will also hold a bond election on Nov. 5. They are asking for $7.5 million in bonds for a number of significant improvements, including a new building entrance, new high school science classroom, new commercial kitchen for the cafeteria, new track, baseball and softball fields, new varsity locker room and weight rooms, new bus barn and much more.
Early voting for this election begins Oct. 21 at the following locations:
• Palo Pinto County Courthouse: Oct. 21-25, 8:30-4:30 and Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 8:30-4:30.
• Palo Pinto Courthouse Annex in Mineral Wells: Oct. 21-25, 8:30-4:30, Oct. 27, 10-2, and Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 8:30-4:30.
• GISD Library: Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.