By LIBBY CLUETT
When results rolled in Tuesday night, Mineral Wells ISD voters unofficially gave a green light to the proposed $25 million bond package, with 839 voting “for” the bond and 622 voting “against,” with one ballot box and mail-in votes lacking, according to Supt. Gail Haterius.
Early voting resulted in 401 votes “for” and 241 “against” the MWISD bond.
“We would like to thank all the people who learned about the bond and voted and [thank] the facilities study committee that design the bond package and for all the hard work they did in getting it passed,” said Haterius.
While MWISD Board President Joe Ruelas said he was still sitting tight and waiting to hear everything was accounted for – namely the last box with what he said were about 20 votes – he, too, credited the community for passing the bond.
“From the beginning, that’s what we listened to, was the community,” he said. “They are the ones who approached the board and shared their thoughts after the facilities study.”
Ruelas said a new campus to replace Lamar Elementary will make a difference as children will be able to start “their first years of school in a new school. I’m excited for them because the kids of our district have deserved this for a long time.”
The district can now move forward with the project to:
• Build a new elementary school to replace Lamar Elementary, built in 1955. The new campus will be on the same property as Lamar.
• Improve security across district campuses, including building a secure entry into the high school.
• Build a new track, including foundation, at Mineral Wells High School.
• Make some improvements to Mineral Wells Junior High, with the understanding that it was built in 1963 and will need to be replaced at some point, hence keeping the improvements minimal.
Haterius said the next step is for VLK Architects to proceed on design plans.
As of the Index’s print deadline, it did not receive unofficial results from the Graford ISD bond, but will follow up in Thursday’s paper.
School bonds were not the only items being decided Tuesday. Voters throughout the county helped decide the fates of a Palo Pinto Hospital District contested race and nine state constitutional amendments.
Hospital trustee races
Provisionally in the Palo Pinto General Hospital trustee races, all incumbents won their respective races. This included Place 1 Director Tim Hopkins and Place 3 Director Lori Baker-Boyd, who were uncontested, and Place 2 Director James “J.C.” Colton, who had a challenger. Colton earned 1143 votes to Matthew Baker’s 801 votes.
Hopkins received 1727 votes and Baker-Boyd 1766 votes.
In the Texas Constitutional amendment election, unofficial results indicate all nine propositions passed, locally, including the highly advertised Proposition 6 regarding water. Here are how area voters cast votes in the state election:
• Proposition 1 – 1018 for, 178 against.
• Proposition 2 – 1003 for, 174 against.
• Proposition 3 – 708 for, 436 against.
• Proposition 4 – 898 for, 200 against.
• Proposition 5 – 765 for, 393 against.
• Proposition 6 – 996 for, 205 against.
• Proposition 7 – 872 for, 274 against.
• Proposition 8 – 803 for, 294 against.
• Proposition 9 – 958 for, 190 against.
All elections are unofficial until they are canvassed in the coming weeks.