PALESTINE — After passing a successful $3.3 million school bond issue during elections Saturday, the Slocum Independent School District will now begin the design phase of a new high school and gymnasium on the land already owned by the district, located just south of Texas 294.
Approximately 155 (58 percent) voted for the bond, while 112 voted against the bond, according to unofficial results. The election will be canvassed at the regular school board meeting Thursday, according to SISD Superintendent Cliff Lasiter.
After completion of the new facilities, extensive renovations to existing facilities will be made to address safety and security concerns and provide more functional classroom space.
“Slocum students, both current and future, will benefit greatly from the new construction and renovations that will be financed with the $3.3 million bond proceeds as well as the $2.7 million that has been designated from a healthy fund balance that was acquired under the direction of former Superintendent Fred Fulton and the Slocum ISD Board of Trustees,” Lasiter told the Herald-Press. “The Slocum community recognizes the value of educating our young people and has always greatly supported Slocum ISD. Our community, in passing the bond, has made a great investment into our kids.”
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.
Also during elections Saturday, Oakwood Independent School District Board filled four school board seats.
Three candidates were running for two three-year term school board positions at Oakwood ISD including new candidate Corbin Pettiette and incumbents Nathan Smith and Mack Botard.
Botard received 61 votes with Pettiette getting 43 and Smith receiving 42. Botard and Pettiette, the two candidates with the most votes, won the seats in this run-at-large election.
In addition, three candidates also were running for two unexpired one-year seats at OISD, including Michael Thomason, Terry Johnson and Jaci Duck.
Johnson received 67 votes, with Thomason getting 64 and Duck receiving 16. Both Johnson and Thomason, the two candidates with the most votes, won the seats in the election.