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Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD voters deciding on $19.8 million bond package

November 7, 2017 GMT

In the Nov. 7 election, voters in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD are being asked to approve or disapprove a bond election with two parts: Proposition A in the mount of $18.5 million and Proposition B for $1.29 million. Both propositions had to be voted on in order to approve or disapprove the entire bond package of $19.8 million.

For weeks leading up to the election, COCISD Superintendent Dr. Leland Moore and his staff worked to share information regarding the bond at community forums. They argued that the bonds are needed for renovations, improvements and upgrades at the high school, elementary, intermediate and junior high campuses.

The bond package will pay for modernized science labs and classrooms at Lincoln Junior High and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School, and a renovated science lab at Coldspring Intermediate. A new entrance that increases security would be added to the high school.

The bond also allows the district to dump its portable buildings that are used as classrooms at Lincoln Junior High and James Street Elementary. Some of the buildings have been in place for more than two decades.

In place of the portable buildings, new classrooms wings will be built, and a bus loop will be added at the campuses to relieve traffic for car riders.

Other improvements in the bond package include:

Construction of a new band hall at Lincoln Junior High

Construction of a new press box at the stadium

Renovation of the old band hall at LJH to a weight room

Toilets and running water added to the LJH locker rooms

New greenhouse for horticulture students

New restrooms at the stadium

More home and visitor seating at the stadium

New track to replace cracked one at the stadium

Upgrades to the Career and Technical Education facilities

The bonds are expected to raise property tax valuations by $0.15 per $100 valuation. For a family with a home valued at $100,000, after a homestead exemption of $25,000, the increase would mean an additional $112.50 in property taxes per year, the equivalent of $9.38 a month.