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Election Voters approve COCISD Bond

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With a vote count of 837 to 728, the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD’s total bond package of $19,800,000 passed on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
According to preliminary results, Proposition A was approved by a vote of 833 to 748, which is in the amount of $18,510,000 for construction purposes. Proposition B was approved 837 to 728, which is in the amount of $1,290,000.

“The Board and I appreciate each and every voter who participated in this election,” Superintendent Leland Moore said. “The process of this venture has really just begun, and it will be a transparent process. We welcome anyone with questions to contact my office directly.”

The Bond includes:
Modernized science labs and classrooms at Lincoln Junior High and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School.
A renovated science lab at Coldspring Intermediate School.
A new entrance to the high school that faces the highway; the entrance will provide a single-point entry for visitors, for added security.
Removal of the portable buildings at Lincoln Junior High and James Street Elementary and build real classrooms.
A bus loop is going to be added on the other side of the elementary to relieve traffic for car riders
Relocation and update of the playground.

The planned CTE addition is going to add Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses, so the students can earn real industry certifications.
Vocational classes will be offered including: culinary arts, restaurant and hotel management, industrial welding, processing technologies and expanded health science courses. This means students will have the ability to earn a livable wage straight out of high school.
A new Lincoln Junior High band hall; renovate the old band hall for a weight room.
Running water and toilets in the LJH locker rooms.
Ag program is going to get a new projects building and a new greenhouse for the horticulture students.
New scoreboard
New press box
Restrooms under the bleachers.
A section of seating will be added on the home side of the stadium that will have armchairs. These will be sold as season ticket seats at a premium price, recovering the cost of the added arms, plus some.

Moore and the Board will now begin to lay the groundwork for selling the bonds as quickly as possible in order to get the best possible interest rate. Construction will begin at all district campuses this summer, as soon as school releases for the break.

“We want to thank our community and every one of the people who made the passing of this bond possible,” Moore said. “This is a great outcome for COCISD, and most importantly, it’s a great outcome for our kids.

The final Bond results will be made official when the COCISD Board of Trustees has canvassed the votes on Nov. 20.

For more information on the bond, visit the district website at cocisd.org. Under the District tab, click Bond 2017 for a complete list of projects, schematics, and regular updates on the progress of the projects.