Lamar CISD's $15 million bond proposition, which aimed to update and repair the districts aging stadium, failed to garner voter approval Nov. 7.

Proposition A was designed to cover the cost of multiple safety renovations and improvements to Guy K. Traylor Stadium, which opened in 1960. Serving the six district high schools, the stadium is located at 1000 E. Stadium Drive, Rosenberg.

Although votes are unofficial until canvased, Fort Bend County results show the proposition was defeated by a count 54.85% to 45.15% of the total 19,435 votes cast.

Remember this?

The bond was proposed in an August school board meeting, and the district staff said the renovations prioritized functionality and safety of students, staff and visitors. Proposed upgrades included:
  • Bleacher repairs
  • Foundation repairs
  • Roof repairs
  • Locker room repairs
  • Turf replacement
  • LED lighting
“Several changes were made at the beginning of the school year that have impacted student and fan access, including game schedules and program availability,” according to the district statement released Nov. 8.

How we got here

The board approved the fiscal year 2023-24 budget Aug. 15, which included budget cuts to replace the turf in response to two similar athletic propositions not passing during the district’s November 2022 bond election, according to the district statement.

During the 2022 election, Proposition D did not pass, as 54.35% of voters cast ballots against the $4.98 million measure to provide new turf and LED lighting at Traylor Stadium, as previously reported by Community Impact.

Additionally, Proposition E contained plans to build a new stadium for the district, but 59.01% of voters went against the proposition priced at $194.9 million.

In their own words

“We were truly hoping for a different outcome. Last year, we made plans to adjust this year’s budget to fund the cost of the turf replacement, but the repairs needed at Traylor Stadium are significant, and this is going to be a challenge,” LCISD Superintendent Roosevelt Nivens said in the Nov. 8 statement. “We thank our community members for participating in the bond election and will continue working together for student success and safety.”

What’s next

Nivens said in a district website post that while he was disappointed, he vowed to continue to lead the district’s efforts to find ways to make sure students are safe at the stadium.

“To be perfectly clear, the bond did not pass, and that’s a fact," Nivens said. "However, I am choosing to let this reality strengthen my commitment to our staff and students. This circumstance will not define who we are or what we do, but it will make us a stronger team and community.”