Oakwood Independent School District is the lone school district in the Palestine area to hold a trustee election on May 10, with all other school board elections being canceled due to uncontested races.
Meanwhile, Slocum Independent School District will be holding a bond election to consider building a new high school and competition gymnasium on the same date.
Three candidates are running for two three-year term school board positions at Oakwood ISD including new candidate Corbin Pettiette and incumbents Nathan Smith and Mack Botard. The two candidates with the most votes will win the seats in this run-at-large election.
Three candidates also are running for two unexpired one-year seats at OISD, including Michael Thomason, Terry Johnson and Jaci Duck. The two candidates with the most votes will win the seats in this run-at-large election as well. Both Thomason and Duck are currently serving as school board members after being appointed to fill unexpired terms.
Early voting will be held in Oakwood from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 6 (Mondays through Fridays) in the Oakwood ISD administration building board room. On election day (Saturday, May 10) voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
If the Slocum ISD bond election is approved by voters, the bonds will be used to finance a new school building, which will include the following features: seven standard classrooms, one computer lab, one science lab, one culinary arts lab, one physical education/gymnasium, one secured entrance, one administrative suite, one dining area with food storage, one teacher workroom and furniture, fixtures, equipment, security and technology for a complete facility.
The total cost of the Long Range Facility Improvement Plan is $6 million. SISD has budgeted and saved for an “equity down payment” for the facility in the amount of $2.7 million, and therefore the net amount of potential bond financing is $3.3 million, according to SISD.