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Poth ISD delays proposed $16.15M Special election
Wilson County NewsAugust 20, 2014 | 2,636 views | 1 comment
A proposed special election -- in which voters in the Poth Independent School District (ISD) would have been asked to decide whether the district would issue $16,150,000 in new debt to finance a host of capital improvements -- will not occur in November. The district’s board of trustees, at its Aug. 13 meeting, decided not to vote to call the special election.
Prior to the board’s decision not to proceed, President Wesley West expressed mixed feelings following a recent facilities tour. He cited some changes to the proposal and asked each board member to express his or her thoughts.
“I think that’s a signal to take your foot off the gas,” said Les Miller. “There is some uncertainty possible.”
“I don’t feel that we have a 100-percent clear direction,” Anthony Cantu said.
Other board members expressed similar thoughts, in addition to concerns about the scope of planned renovations to the Poth Junior High School, built in 1961. Wade Harris likened that part of the plan to “a couple of Band-Aids and a paint job for $2 million.”
In an Aug. 13 presentation to the Poth Independent School District board of trustees, architect Daniel Perez of San Antonio-based Stantec said the district’s proposed $16,150,000 bond package would have included:
•$4,862,461 -- Poth Elementary School, 12 additional classrooms, parking and drives, and canopies
•$7,265,294 -- Poth Junior High School, science laboratory and classrooms, renovations, physical education locker rooms, and gymnasium renovations to include addressing Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
•$3,676,509 -- Poth High School, vocational building, renovation of the gymnasium and locker rooms, and a new weight room
•$345,736 to cover the costs of the bond issue and contingency.
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