School Bond Passed by College Station Voters; School Board Race Tied

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COLLEGE STATION - Voters overwhelmingly approved a $136 million bond proposal from College Station ISD Tuesday night.

More than 3,400 of the 4,756 votes -- 72 percent -- were in favor of the package, which is anchored in the building of a tenth elementary school, a third middle school and a third intermediate school in the district.

The rest of the money is slated to go towards other renovations to campuses, new buses and technology, the purchase of new land, and other items.

"The investment is tremendous," said Jeff Harris, CSISD school board secretary. "What these kind of facilities allow is students and teachers to focus on education and not on overcrowding and walking between portable buildings and dealing with the complexities that those issues bring. It really lets the students focus on education and their teachers as well."

"We live in a community that values education, that has historically valued education," added CSISD Superintendent Clark Ealy, "and with Texas A&M, a research one university, in our back yard, it makes a lot of sense that the community would be pro-education. They vote with their pocketbooks, and we appreciate their support."

While that race was easily decided, there was one contested school board race between a pair of local businessmen that is still contested.

After more than 4,000 votes were cast, Phillip Garrett and Mike Nugent finished tied at 2,012 each. There are now seven provisional ballots from CSISD precincts that will be counted to determine a winner.

Paul Dorsett didn't seek re-election for that seat.

Carol Barrett was unopposed for her Place 2 seat, so she'll be back on the board.

College Station had no contested races for the city council. John Nichols and James Benham were unopposed for second terms.