San Marcos CISD voters approve $77 million bond propositions

Updated 8:36 p.m. May 11

San Marcos CISD is getting a football stadium, a new prekindergarten facility and a number of campus improvements.

On May 11, the district's voters approved two bond propositions for $77 million worth of projects, and they returned board member John Crowley to office.

More than 58.7 percent of voters supported Proposition 1, by a margin of 1,689 to 1,187 votes. Nearly 52 percent of voters supported Proposition 2, by a margin of 1,498 to 1,384 votes.

Crowley received 325 votes to defeat challenger Michelle Hamilton, who received 256 votes.

Posted 7:35 p.m. May 11

Early voters in San Marcos CISD's bond election May 11 favored two propositions to issue $77 million in bonds for a number of projects throughout the district.

According to Superintendent Mark Eads, 63 percent of early voters supported the first proposition, by a margin of 1,039 to 609. More than 55.6 percent of early voters cast ballots in favor of the second proposition, by a margin of 920 to 734.

Also in early voting, San Marcos CISD board member John Crowley leads with 174 votes to challenger Michelle Hamilton's 137 votes.

The results are unofficial until they have been canvassed.

The first proposition called for issuing $58.58 million to fund renovations and upgrades to five campuses; a new student activity complex; new prekindergarten campus; and other projects such as safety improvements.

The second proposition asked voters whether to issue $18.4 million to fund construction of a new athletics stadium.

Eads said the first proposition would fund vital projects that would have otherwise taken money away from instruction and teacher salaries. The second proposition would foster school pride and help eliminate scheduling conflicts, he added.

Proposition 1 projects

  • $24.76 million: renovations and upgrades to De Zavala, Hernandez and Mendez elementary schools; and Goodnight and Miller middle schools
  • $13.6 million: new student activity complex and athletics facilities renovations
  • $12.7 million: build a new facility for 600 students at the site of the old Bowie campus on Hwy. 123
  • $5.07 million: new Phoenix campus for the 250 students in alternative education program
  • $1.65 million: add security cameras and surveillance infrastructure plus card reader access systems to campuses
  • $800,000: additional parking and storage for the district's maintenance and transportation departments

Proposition 2 project

  • $18.4 million: Construct a new athletics complex with seating for 8,000 that will be owned, maintained and operated by the district, rather than renting Bobcat Stadium from Texas State University


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