By LIBBY CLUETT
In addition to Mineral Wells elections, area residents cast ballots for several elections to decide school board members and bonds.
The unofficial outcomes from Saturday’s elections are as follows. All results are unofficial until canvassed by the school board.
Palo Pinto ISD
A total of 53 Palo Pinto ISD voters passed, 34-18, the 2013 Bond Proposal for school construction and renovations.
This $3 million dollar bond package will be used for upgrades to building infrastructure and the construction of a cafeteria/auditorium.
Existing instructional space will be repurposed to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and security recommendations. Additionally, the district will focus instructional-space remodeling to meet the increased academic rigor asked of its students.
“Palo Pinto ISD is focused on drawing on the strengths of our past as we build for future generations of students,” said Superintendent Eric Cederstrom. “We are excited to begin the process of finalizing architectural plans and implementing timelines in the construction process to be completed by the fall of 2014. We truly believe that the trust that the community has granted us for this project will be repaid by generations of successful students.”
The PPISD bond is estimated to increase the tax rate 4 cents per $100 taxable property valuation. The district’s current tax rate is $1.04 per $100 taxable valuation.
Strawn ISD also asked its 500 voters to approve a bond, for $5 million for construction, renovation, acquisition and equipment of school buildings. Unlike their neighboring district, 220 voters turned out for early and election-day voting, with 158 voting against the bond and 63 in favor. The failed 25-year bond was estimated to increase taxes as much as 45 cents per $100 taxable value on property. The district’s current tax rate is $1.04 per $100 taxable valuation.
Strawn also held a school board election Saturday for two at-large places. Reese Sparks, who previously served on the SISD board, garnered 151 votes, while incumbents Craig Abbott drew 115 and President Tina Spakes, 114.
According to Strawn Superintendent Brent Dawson, because of the close margin, Abbott and Spakes potentially faced a runoff, but neither wanted one and after discussing it, Abbott decided to concede to Spakes.
“Both felt it was best for the school not to have a runoff,” said Dawson. “They are both great board members and we hate to see Craig leave, but we have full confidence that Tina will do what’s best for the school and help us move forward.”
Gordon ISD also had a school board election, with 106 voters selecting incumbents Ed Demichele, with 76 votes, and Milo Moffit, with 70 votes, over newcomer, challenger Joel Taylor, who drew 45 votes.
Incumbent trustees also reigned in Millsap ISD for two at-large places. Incumbents Jerry Walker, with 96 votes, and Tommy Lucia, with 82 votes, retain their seats from newcomer and challenger Timothy Kukuk, who received 21 votes.