By GREG RUSSELL
Register Staff Writer
Monday’s canvassing of votes in local school and college bond elections revealed the same outcomes implied on Nov. 5, showing a “pass” for both.
A total of 3,990 ballots were cast among voters from 31 precincts, according to the final count, and 12 provisional ballots surfaced. A proposed $14.8 million bond spent on North Central Texas College (NCTC) improvements remains heavily favored by the county turnout — with the canvass showing that 2,329 residents supported the bond and 1,597 did not — and a $9.8 million bond for Valley View school renovations has passed by 10 votes, following some uncertainty due to a close race on Nov. 5, and several provisional ballots.
The $14.8 million NCTC bond will enable three facility upgrades to the Gainesville college campus. The current bond is a scaled-down version of a $30.7 million proposal that failed to pass in November 2011. That earlier proposal included the development of a new health science center, a new student and academic support center, a new agriculture building, a new campus parking lot and the renovations needed to turn a current campus building into a student activities center.
The current bond, now a verified project, will pay only for the health center, parking lot and expansions to the campus career technology center.
“We’re very pleased, to say the least,” NCTC President Eddie Hadlock said on Nov. 6. “It will provide us with very much-needed facilties and will improve our instructional facilities.”
College officials plan to meet with architects during November to finalize a design. Hadlock said this phase may take around five months followed by bids for construction.
“It’s possible that by the end of the summer, we could see construction going, but I don’t know that for sure yet,” he said on Nov. 6.
Valley View ISD secretary Misty Price said Monday that 372 voters supported the campus renovation bond and 362 did not. Valley View administrators had called a bond election during a regular school board meeting on Aug. 22, approving that district voters make their choice on Nov. 5. Taxpayers will now appropriate a $9.8 million bond payment through an increase in ad valorem taxes among district residents. The campus renovation project totals $14 million — with $4.2 million of the amount funded locally. The bond will provide extensive changes to the Valley View ISD high school and middle school. This includes unified entrances, handicapped access, secondary classroom buildings, connection for security, new science laboratories and classrooms, family and consumer science lab and a new gymnasium. Improvements to the elementary school proposed include new unified entrances, handicapped access, new classrooms and connecting existing buildings for security. The bond also includes funds for a new agriculture science and project center that will include an exhibition hall, livestock buildings and secure bus parking.
The campus expansions will begin in 2014, Price said Monday, but no set date has been announced.
“We don’t have a calendar for the construction yet but we’re probably going to start after spring break,” she said.
Constitutional amendment election results (canvassed):
Proposition Number 1, House Joint Resolution (HJR) 62 — 3,282 votes for; 507 against.
Proposition Number 2, HJR 79 — 3,079 votes for; 577 against.
Proposition Number 3, HJR 133 — 1,945 votes for; 1,507 against.
Proposition Number 4, HJR 24 — 3,183 votes for; 556 against.
Proposition Number 5, Special Joint Resolution (SJR) 18 — 2,071 votes for; 1,465 against.
Proposition Number 6, SJR 1 — 2,811 votes for; 981 against.
Proposition Number 7, HJR 87 — 2,628 votes for; 899 against.
Proposition Number 8, HJR 147 and SJR 54 — 2,269 votes for; 939 against.
Proposition Number 9, SJR 42 — 2,860 votes for; 674 against.
For more information on the election, visit www.VoteTexas.gov. For more local election information, visit www.co.cooke.tx.us or www.nctc.edu.