San Angelo ISD's May Bond Election Failed by 2 Votes; Now They Want Another Shot
SAN ANGELO, TX -- San Angelo Independent School District officials are already working on the next version of a bond election after the last one failed by two votes.
As we reported back in May, According to the Tom Green County elections office, a total of 6,100 votes were counted in the bond election which is less than ten percent of registered voters deciding the $149 million bond.
The results showed 3,051 votes were cast against the bond election and 3049 votes were counted for the bond election.
The San Angelo ISD released a statement on the failure:
"Thank you to everyone who took time to be informed about San Angelo ISD's bond and who exercised their right to vote in the May 5th Election. The election results are finalized and the 2018 San Angelo ISD Bond Referendum did not pass.
Fortunately, we have the privilege of participating in local decisions through an election process, and I'm pleased to see community members participating in that right and privilege. The one key takeaway for all of our community, regardless of your position on the bond proposal, is that your vote truly counts. We honor the voice of our community and the election results illustrate that there is still work and additional facility planning needed by the school district. Local elections matter, and locally is where our voices are heard and our vote makes a tremendous impact.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our long-range planning committee for putting together a package that truly prioritized and planned for the needs of our students and staff. Also, I want to thank our school board members for their tireless pursuit in providing our community's children with quality educational facilities and academic programs. We will continue our journey and do everything in our power to ensure our children are receiving a quality educational experience."
According to the SAISD website, the district is now soliciting feedback from residents about how to proceed to address the needs of the schools in the district.
After San Angelo ISD’s recently failed bond election in May 2018, the district has been regrouping and seeking feedback to address facilities, closely examining how best to move forward.
With that in mind, over half of the schools are over 50 years old and still remain in need of repairs, renovations and upgrades to increase safety measures and maximize their life expectancy. The district is working diligently to strengthen district facilities to increase safety, develop learning spaces for the next generation of students, and create buildings that are ADA accessible for students, parents, and staff. The SAISD cannot fund these efforts without an infusion of outside monies. The Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee (LRFPC) will reconvene to study continued needs and provide a recommendation to the Board in August.
The district has a survey on its website concerning facility needs and to help gauge voter opinion before they attempt another bond election.
The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, July 22, 2018.