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.