It was a close one, but Stephenville ISD’s $60.8 million bond proposal was passed by voters tonight with 56.12 percent (1,683 votes) for and 43.88 percent (1,316 votes) against.
“The District would like to take this opportunity to thank the countless volunteers that helped inform our citizens and encourage voter participation. Strong communities are a result of strong public schools. The support shown for this proposition is encouraging and validates the daily efforts of our staff and students,” SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood said in a statement. “The District's core values of relationships, excellence, integrity, initiative, personalization and growth were comprehensively represented during this process and will be the guiding influence as we move into the planning and construction phase. We also would be remiss if we didn't thank the individual efforts of Mrs. Christin Pack and the Vote For the SISD Bond Committee. Her leadership, passion and perseverance was central to the efforts that made this proposition successful."
SISD spent the past year and a half keeping residents informed through a Facilities Planning Committee, phone surveys and public information meetings with tours of Gilbert Intermediate and Stephenville High School.
The bond will include improvements to the high school and intermediate school including safety and security, additions and renovations and extracurricular expansion.
“These improvements will result in a tax increase of 10.8 cents, taking the school district’s total tax rate to $1.3429,” Underwood said in a recent column about the bond. “For perspective, monthly impact for homeowners will be $9 for each $100,000 increment value, or just over $100/year.”