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Navasota School Bond - Part 2

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. That's what the Navasota school district is doing with a bond package that failed in September. The New Look proposal is divided into three items, $18 million for a new elementary school, $5 million for maintenance, and $2 million for athletic facilities.

Lee Holt's grandchildren attend Navasota schools. She says it time for some improvements. She supports Navasota's three part, $25 million bond proposal and feels she's better informed this second time around.

"I think the school board did a good job of explaining it. I think there was a lot more information out about it," said Holt.

The school board says voters complained about not having enough information during the first bond election. So a committee called " Vote for Schools " was formed. The group printed informational brochures and passed them out at several town hall meetings.

"We tried to be a little more specific about each one of the proposals and we've tried to do a better job of going to individuals who had major questions," said Navasota ISD Superintendent, David Faltys.

But that still wasn't enough for some voters.

"We're against it. We voted against it last time and we'll vote against it this time too. I don't think my tax dollars should go to that," said bond opponent, Nell Mask.

Some long time residents of Navasota say the conditions of the schools are deteriorating and that changes and improvements are long over due.

"It needs a lot of improvements. We can do things for so long with the school we have, but we need to improve and make it better for the students," said Shirrley Arrington, a Navasota resident.

If some parts of the bond pass and others fail, school officials say they'll go right back to the drawing board. They believe it is important to address the needs of all Navasota schools right now.

The bond election will happen Saturday, December 11. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


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