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Bond election polling places, times announced

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

In a brief half-hour meeting Monday, the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees Monday amended the order calling the Nov. 6 bond election to include polling places and times.

Early voting opens Oct. 22 and runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, at:

  • Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. Hwy. 380;
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 First St.;
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 100 Thompson St.

A temporary early voting location is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Wal-Mart in Decatur.

Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Precinct 6 – New Fairview Community Center, East Farm Road 407;
  • Precincts 23, 25 and 27 – Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and
  • Precinct 24 – Newark Fire Hall, 406 Hudson St.

In August, the school board called a $255 million capital bond election for the district’s third high school ($136 million), a sixth middle school ($66 million) and an elementary school expansion ($10 million).

It also includes technology and safety/security updates ($25 million), major building component replacements like HVAC systems, flooring and roofing ($10 million each) and program enhancements for math, science and environmental studies ($8 million).

This would help accommodate the projected growth of 5,800 students by 2016-2017. During a demographic report later in the meeting, Bob Templeton of Templeton Demographics backed that projection.

He cited several factors such as a housing market that “is improving and gaining some traction” and “is in position for sustained growth,” higher sales tax receipts, the district’s location in one of the fastest-growing job markets in the country and a positive economic outlook.

“The district is in a position for an enrollment growth of 1,200 students this year, but we believe your five-year enrollment growth is likely to be over 5,800 students which would put your enrollment at 22,480,” Templeton said. “That’s almost like growing a school district the size of Aledo. That’s an Aledo school district size in about five years. That’s a high school; that’s multiple elementaries; that’s a middle school-and-a-half that you’re going to see in the next five years.”

By that year, the demographic forecasters and district officials anticipate three middle schools being 1,000 over enrollment, Northwest High School 3,000 and Byron Nelson High School 2,600, necessitating the election.

“We pushed this bond election out as far as we could,” said Dennis McCreary, assistant superintendent for facilities, planning and construction. “But we’ve been saying all along that 2015 is the year that our high schools will be at or above capacity.”

If the proposal passes, taxpayers would see an interest-and-sinking rate increase of 7.75 cents (from 33.5 cents to 41.25 cents per $100 valuation). The impact for a home valued at $100,000 would be $77.50 annually or $6.46 monthly.

Voters can register at www.votexas.org/register_to_vote.html. at least 30 days prior to an election.

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