Dripping Springs ISD bond passes

Final results (10: 12 p.m.)

With all the district precinct’s reported in Hays County, the Dripping Springs Independent School District’s proposed  $132 million bond passed at the May 5 election.

The bond came within one percent of not passing which would have marked a defeat in the school districts attempt to accommodate the growth of the district. The vote was 1662 in favor of the bond and  1631 opposed.

Part of the bond package includes additions to Dripping Spring High School that would allow for an increase to 2,500 students. The high school is currently reaching capacity.

However, based on the population growth projections, another bond would need to be issued by 2021 to accommodate new students in the district. That has led the district to start preliminary discussions of a new high school in the future.

DSISD officials said the proposed bond will not increase the property tax rate of $1.52 per $100 valuation.

Three DSISD school board seats were also on the ballot with five candidates fighting for a chance on the board.

However, the three incumbents, Mary Jane Hetrick, Carrie Kroll and Shannon O’Connor were reelected.

Candidates James Meek and Sharon Armke, who opposed the $132 million bond on the campaign trail, only receiving 13 percent of the vote respectively.

Results:

Board members DISD:

Mary Jane Hetrick (incumbent): 24.24% 1,598

Carrie Kroll (incumbent): 25.06% 1,652

Shannon O’Connor (incumbent): 23.72% 1,564

Sharon Armke: 13.38% 882

James Meeks: 13.61% 897

 $132 million bond:

For: 50.47% 1,662

Against: 49.53% 1,631

8:20 p.m.

With early voting results for the Dripping Springs Independent School District school board and proposed bond election in, Dripping Springs residents are voting in favor for the incumbents and the $132 million bond.

Part of the bond package includes additions to Dripping Spring High School that would allow for an increase to 2,500 students.

However, based on the population growth projections, another bond would need to be issued by 2021 to accommodate new students in the district. That has led the district to start preliminary discussions of a new high school in the future.

DSISD officials said the proposed bond will not increase the property tax rate of $1.52 per $100 valuation.

School Board candidates Shannon Armke and James Meeks both oppose the bond. The two candidates are challenging the three incumbents for one of three seats on the board.

Based on the early voting results provided by Hays County, the incumbent members of the school board have a sizable lead.

Results:

Kroll (incumbent): 25.82%

Mary Jane Hetrick (incumbent): 24.88%

Shannon O’Connor (incumbent): 24.37%

James Meeks: 13.12%

Sharon Armke: 11.80%

Proposed $132,000,000 bond:

Yes: 54.34%

No: 45.66%

 

 

 

 

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