The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 20, 2014

Oakwood ISD trustee, Slocum ISD bond elections set May 10



If approved by voters, the tax rate increase required to finance the projects will be 14.8 cents, using conservative estimates. The average Slocum ISD homeowner can expect to pay $7.17 more in taxes per month or $86.04 a year. There will be no tax increase above the frozen level on the homestead of taxpayers 65 years of age and older who have applied for and received the age 65 freeze.

Early voting for the bond issue will be held April 28 to May 6 at the Slocum ISD Board Room on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Election Day voting will be held May 10 at the Slocum ISD Board Room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional information will be available on the Slocum ISD website at Any interested citizen with questions may contact the Slocum ISD Administration at 903-478-3624.

Palestine Independent School District's Board of Trustees election will be officially canceled at the Monday, March 24 school board meeting. School board members Stanley Sokolowski (Place 6) and Michael Bennett (Place 7) were up for re-election, but were unopposed.

Westwood Independent School District's Board of Trustees election also has been canceled. Incumbents Dr. Don Rice (District 2) and Craig Nivens (District 6) ran unopposed. District 5 board member Joni Barone did not run for re-election. Running in her spot unopposed is Ronnie Stanhope, who will take the new board member position in May.

Four school board positions in Elkhart Independent School District's also went uncontested, leading to the district canceling the election.

Krispin Rucker will be the new Place 4 board member, running unopposed in the spot currently held by Stevi Mays. Incumbent Joe Estes will continue to fill the seat in Place 5 after running unopposed. Kevin Bush will be the new Place 6 school board member, running unopposed to fill the seat of appointed school board member Donnie Fincher.

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