MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The saga of the Midland Independent School District’s $569 million school bond election is finally over.
The fate of this bond has been flipped three times since election night. After recounts, several court orders, and ultimately the election contest, County Attorney Russell Malm says the road of the bond has reached its dead end.
“I think everybody is extremely relieved to finally be past that.”
MISD and political action committees “We Choose Our Future” and “Better Bond for Midland” entered an agreed motion asking Judge Mackey K. Hancock to confirm that the result following the count of the “mystery box” is accurate.
According to Malm, Midland county officials received that signed order Friday afternoon.
“The judge is now certifying the result of this recount done through the election contest,” explained Malm. “And as a result of this, the bond loses by, I believe, it’s 26 votes.”
Malm says since the confusions and misunderstandings of the election, county employees have taken the initiative to make sure this never happens again.
New procedures will include cracking down on chain of custody forms and unifying the colors of all ballot boxes and official seals.
“I hope that the voters can see the hard work that went into it and know that there were some mistakes that shouldn’t have been made. This will never happen again.”
MISD School Board President Rick Davis says while he is disappointed in the outcome, he is also encouraged by the number of people who recognized the importance of this bond.
He shared this statement regarding the final outcome of this election:
“I am, of course, disappointed that we were unable to address our District’s capacity, safety and security, technology, and pre-k expansion needs with this bond proposal and the accompanying academic improvements to be gained from its accompanying grade reconfiguration components and expanded academic curriculum opportunities. However, I am also encouraged by the number of persons who, while they opposed this bond, acknowledge the importance of passing a bond to address those needs and have expressed support for working collaboratively together to formulate a new bond proposal. We are committed to working with them, and the entire community, to do just that. Because Midland is a ‘can do’ community, I am optimistic that we will be successful in formulating a new proposal that will provide much-needed benefits to our students, teachers, and our community’s future.”
Co-chair, Christine Foreman, with “We Choose Our Future” says the funds raised during this election will remain in the account until it is ready to be put towards a new bond.
“If the bond had passed, the money would have been donated to an education fund for students and teachers, but since it failed, its original purpose was to advocate for a School Bond, and that is still a pressing need.”