Lamar Consolidated ISD tried to put the best spin on its election results Wednesday after voters rejected two proposed bond packages — one for a $93.7 million stadium and the other for swimming pools.
The LCISD 2020 bond will consist of more money to build six new schools, two new facilities and provide new technology equipment to students and staff that will cost $666.8 million, which is the largest bond referendum in the district’s history.
Meanwhile, voters rejected two parts of the bond, one for building two new practice pools at two high schools and another for building a second football stadium that would have cost $93.7 million.
“We’re so appreciative of the community’s support for Propositions A and D, which will set our District up for continued success,” LCISD Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Although Propositions B and C were unsuccessful, we look forward to continuing our conversations with parents, staff and the community. As one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, a collaborative dialogue is essential. As always, we will work alongside our school board to build schools and facilities our community will be proud of, while keeping an eye on our tax dollars.”
Proposition A, which is the $645 million bond for building those new schools and facilities, had a late lead of 66.5%, or 49,994 votes with 71% of the vote counted at noon Wednesday. There were 25,140 votes against this proposition, or 33.4%.
Proposition B, which would build two new practice pools at Terry High School and the new Randle High School, had more votes against the bond, which is priced at $31.9 million. As of Wednesday afternoon, 38,599, or 51.9%, voted against the proposition, with 35,675, or 48.0%, voted for the bond.
Proposition C was to build a second football stadium for LCISD that is priced at $82.7 million to build the stadium, with an additional $11 million to purchase the land.
But voters mostly rejected the proposal, with 39,949 voting against the proposal, a majority of 53.9%. Only 34,115 voted for the proposal, or 46.0%.
Proposition D is a bond for LCISD to purchase several laptops and tablets for students and staff, that has been priced at $21.5 million. This proposition is on its way to being passed with 60.9% of the vote, or 45,250 votes. Only 39.0% voted against the proposition, or 29,024 votes.
Also, two bonds from Fort Bend County passed strongly. A $218.2 million mobility bond passed with 75.3% approval, with 238,769 votes. Only 78,190 votes, or 24.6%, voted against it.
A $38.4 million bond to help build and renovate several parks in the county also passed, with 67.6% (212,664 votes) for the bond and 32.4% (101,958) voting against it.