Updated at 10:24 p.m.
Following the failure of Conroe ISD's bond in May, voters have approved the district's reworked bond Nov. 5 to address districtwide growth, while continuing to show opposition to a bond that would have funded artificial turf at district athletic fields.
With all Montgomery County precincts reporting, voters approved the district's Proposition A, with 20,152 votes for and 15,804 votes against. The $653.57 million bond includes various projects such as $144.25 million for Phase 2 construction at Conroe High School, a new $80.63 million junior high in the Caney Creek feeder zone and mechanical improvements at Oak Ridge High School.
Meanwhile, Proposition B failed, with 20,942 against and 14,886 for. The bond's only project was to install artificial turf to several athletic fields.
"We are thankful for all who turned out to make their voices heard in this election and grateful for the showing of support by our community," Communications Specialist Katie Morton said in an email. "Conroe ISD is looking forward to continuing to serve the educational needs of our students and families while also being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars."
This Nov. 5 bond was created by the CISD board of trustees following the failure of a $807 million bond in May, which received 6,945 for the bond and 8,314 against.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Posted at 7:08 p.m.
With early voting data in, early voters showed support for part of Conroe ISD’s two bonds totaling $677.37 million, with 58.45% voting in favor of the $653.57 million Proposition A and 41.55% voting against. The $23.8 million Proposition B garnered 44.73% of support for and 55.27% against. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
This Nov. 5 bond was created by the CISD board of trustees following the failure of a $807 million bond in May. Proposition A features $144.25 million for Phase 2 construction at Conroe High School, a new $80.63 million junior high in the Caney Creek feeder zone and mechanical improvements at Oak Ridge High School—all items included in May’s bond. Proposition B is one item: adding turf to athletic fields.
Superintendent Curtis Null previously said growth and safety are the key focuses of Proposition A. The main difference between the November and May bond packages is the removal of districtwide projects such as the Teacher Training Center, an agricultural campus and the decommissioning of the Jett Center.
The most expensive item is the Conroe High School project, which includes renovating and constructing approximately 309,000 square feet for classrooms and athletics areas, putting all of CHS under one roof. The school has more than 100 exterior doors, making it difficult to protect the students who have to go to multiple buildings throughout the day, Gregg Colschen, CISD’s assistant superintendent of secondary education, previously said.
Proposition B’s turf project to install artificial turf at several athletic fields was incredibly controversial with voters in May, trustee Skeeter Hubert previously said. Hubert said the board wanted the turf project on its own $23.8 million proposition to allow voters to be specific with their support.
To read more about the specifics on the bond package, go to previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper. This story will be updated as precincts report in. All results are unofficial until canvassed.