ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- Ector County voters said yes to one of Ector County ISD’s three bond propositions with 57% of voters in favor of Proposition A. 52% of voters said no to Proposition B, while 54% of voters said no to Proposition C, according to unofficial final results out of the Ector County Election office.
Here’s a look at what Proposition A will fund:
Prop A – $424,263,000
- New Career & Technical Education Center to be located in south Odessa/Ector County
- New middle school to be located in west Ector County
- Districtwide maintenance and repairs
- Transportation Department: bus purchases and a new Transportation Facility
- Technology Department: replacement of district phone system, PA/Bell/Clock/Fire Alarm system replacements; security camera refresh; classroom interactive flat panels; large group instruction area audio/visual equipment
- Fine Arts Department: complete renovation of the Permian High School Auditorium; replace outdated instruments; performance risers for all middle school choirs; classroom instruments for elementary campuses; uniforms for middle school bands and mariachi; JROTC facility needs
- Transition Learning Center: complete replacement of facility for students with special needs learning to transition from school to the workforce
- Agriculture Farm: complete replacement of classroom buildings and barns
- Athletics Department: LED lighting at the Odessa High School baseball and tennis stadiums; LED lighting at the Permian High School baseball stadium; Resurfacing of tennis stadiums at all middle schools; Replacement of indoor bleachers in main gyms of all middle schools
- Proposition A also includes the cost of land purchase for new CTE Center and new middle school
Voters rejected Prop B, an $8,096,000 proposal, and Prop C, a $3,750,000 proposal, that would have funded improvements at Ratliff Stadium and a new indoor practice facility at Odessa High School and Permian High’s indoor turf replacement.
On the heels of those results, Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri thanked voters for turning out.
“Thank you to all the voters, whether you voted for or against…you took time to come out and render your opinion and that’s what demoocracy is all about,” he said.
One bond supporter said the outcome is a positve one for ECISD students.
“This bond is probably the most important event for the City of Odessa. It’s going to impact our students for the foreseeable future, it’s gonna be positive,” said Natividad Armendarez.
The last successful bond election came in 2012 when voters approved the construction of three new elementary schools (Buice, Downing and West), and the expansion of Odessa High School and Permian High School to accommodate freshmen on campus.