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May 11, 2013

SCHOOL BONDS AND BOARD RESULTS: Weatherford ISD bond fails; Martinez loses seat to Tarbay

Wirtanen and Conlon retain seats; Peaster ISD bond rejected while Brock ISD bond passes

From Staff Reports

By a 7-3 margin, voters in the Weatherford ISD soundly defeated the district's proposed $107.32 million bond proposal, according to final tallies released Saturday evening by the Parker County Elections Office.

Early voting numbers posted just after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Saturday had the proposition being defeated by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin. With 6,064 ballots cast during the county's early voting period, 3,769 early ballots were cast early in the WISD bond election.

The opposition's margin would slightly grow larger during the evening. In the final, but unofficial returns, 5,618 ballots were cast with 3,873 opposed to 1,745 in favor.

The bond asked voters to approve the district borrowing up $107.32 million for a list of capital improvement projects that included a new ninth grade wing at Weatherford High School, a new Careers and Technology center, enhanced security and technology upgrades, and athletics facility additions and improvements.

“The voice of the voter was heard and we all respect that,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “The outcome of the election does not change the fact that all of the issues the District brought forward to our community are still a reality that we will continue to manage to the best of our ability.”

Voter Jim Tedesco said he cast one of the bond election's no votes, “Not because I hate kids or anything but I really thought the district didn’t do a good enough job of selling the need.”

Marty Fitzsimmons said he also voted against the bond proposal, saying it was “too much money and not enough for the kids.”

One of the bond's supporters, Mary Betters, said she voted in favor because, “My grandkids will be heading into school here next year and I want to make sure they have the best of everything.”

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