Cleveland ISD $198 million bond referendum passes

Stephen McCanless, director of Administrative Services for Cleveland ISD, looks at early voting returns for the Nov. 5 election. The school district's $198 bond had the majority of votes in early voting.

Results are in for the Nov. 5 election. Liberty County voters within Cleveland ISD approved the $198 million bond that will address the district’s overcrowding and rapid growth.

Numbers for San Jacinto and Montgomery counties are not immediately available, but Cleveland ISD spokesperson Susan Ard said the votes in those two counties will not change the results.

In Liberty County, votes in favor of the bond were 715 votes, 54 percent, and 611 against the measure. The combined numbers for Liberty, Montgomery and San Jacinto counties show 50.4 percent of residents in favor of the bond and 49.6 percent against it.

“On behalf of all the students, teachers and staff in Cleveland ISD, I want to thank the communities of Cleveland ISD for their approval of the CISD November 2019 Bond. The district will begin work on projects that will help the district address overcrowding, accommodate fast growth, and provide every student a great place to grow and learn. Cleveland ISD is the fastest growing school district in the State of Texas. We will continue to work with the community so that everyone can understand the growth challenges in our future,” said Cleveland ISD Superintendent of Schools Chris Trotter.

The district will use the funds to renovate Northside Elementary, build two new elementary schools, a new junior high and a teacher learning center-administrative office. Upgrades also will be made to the softball-baseball fields.

“We need these funds to address the unprecedented growth in enrollment we have seen in the past few years. As a board and district, we will continue to manage our financial resources well and continue our tradition of good stewardship of our community’s tax dollars,” said Board President Chris Wood.

The Board of Trustees will ratify election results at its board meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6 pm in the Cleveland ISD Administration building.

The election for ESD No. 7, which involves a half-cent sales tax increase for the Hardin and Moss Hill areas, passed with 208 for and 186 against.

The local option for alcohol in Pct. 6 (not including the city of Cleveland) also passed with 771 votes in favor and 521 against.


As of 9 p.m., only early voting election results are in for the Nov. 5 election in Liberty County. The early voting results show 56 percent in favor of Cleveland ISD’s $198 million bond referendum. That equates to 350 votes in favor and 276 votes against the bond.

The local option for alcohol for Pct. 6 shows 354 votes in favor and 255 votes against.

Voters in ESD No. 7 cast 72 votes in favor and 44 votes against a half-cent sales tax increase.

More election results will be posted as they are available.

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