Voters in Robstown overwhelmingly approved the issuance of $12.4 million in bonds to build a new elementary school Saturday, and district officials are now working to make the school a reality.
Only 265 people voted in the bond election, with 221 (83 percent) voting in favor and 44 (17 percent) voting against.
Board President Robert Tapia said Tuesday he was pleased with the outcome of the election, but was disappointed with the low turnout.
"Being that we have over 2,000 voters in Robstown, I was hoping the turnout would be higher than it was," Tapia said.
Now that voters have approved the bond, the board plans to submit an application by June 15 for an Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA) from the state to construct a new "super-elementary" to replace Salazar Elementary and Hattie Martin Elementary. The new school will be built on the site of the old football stadium across from the Administration Building. The Texas Education Agency will award school districts funding in late July or early August and, if RISD is approved, the state is expected to pay an estimated $8.18 million of the $12.4 million bond, with the district paying the remainder over a 30-year period.
The Robstown ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening, and had several items related to the construction of the new school on its agenda. After canvassing the votes from the election, the board voted not to put out a request for qualifications from architects, and instead voted to hire Gignac and Associates as the architectural firm for the new school.