Cleveland ISD voters reject $250 million bond referendum

Voters rejected Cleveland ISD’s $250 million bond referendum in an election on Saturday, May 4. With all precincts reporting, unofficial results show 312 of residents voted in favor of the bond issue while 354 of residents voted against it.

“As the new superintendent, I want our community to know that we will continue to provide our students an outstanding education, even though we are disappointed in the results. I will work to help the community better understand why we need additional funds to accommodate fast growth,” said Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter.

Cleveland ISD is the second-fastest-growing school district in the state. The district planned to use $130 million in Phase 1 to renovate Northside Elementary, add a fifth elementary and a second junior high.  The remaining funds would have been used to address fast growth in the district.

“We are disappointed that the bond referendum was not approved, but, as a board and a district, we will continue to work to give our students the best education possible. In the upcoming months, we will determine if and when we will go back to voters with another bond proposition,” said Board President Chris Wood.

The Board of Trustees will ratify election results at the board meeting on May 13, 2019, at 6 p.m., in the Cleveland ISD Administration building.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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