Candidates filed for the November election for mayor and city commissioner in Brock and Dennis.
Brock ISD's bond package will also be on the ballot in November.
The deadline to file for election was on Monday, but write-in candidates have a Friday deadline.
Jowell Ranspot and Benjamin Kent Davis both filed for the open Brock city commissioner spots after press time on Monday. Delta Airlines Pilot Cpt. Steve Aue and current Brock Commissioner Jay Hamilton have filed for Brock mayor. Current Brock Commissioner Deborah Scrimshire and former commissioner for Brock West Matthew Heistermann have also filed for Brock city commissioner.
Brock and Dennis are planning to both elect a mayor and two city commissioners each, Brock attorney Sharon Hicks said. All positions have two-year terms.
James Synowsky has refiled for his position as Dennis mayor, and city commissioners Rickey Jeanes and Duane Dixon have also refiled for their positions.
Brock ISD board of trustees approved calling a bond election in November during their meeting on Monday morning at Brock ISD administration building. Trustees made the decision in a 5-2 vote, with members John Brunner and John McGuire voting opposed.
Last month, trustees heard a recommendation for improving facilities from the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The improvements include new security enhancements, school buses, more classrooms at the high school and junior high school, technology upgrades, an agriculture building lab for welding and fabrication and a junior high gymnasium. Additions at the junior high will allow sixth grade to move there from the intermediate school. The cost of these items is $21.36 million without a tax rate increase — in fact, the tax rate is projected to decrease by 10 cents.
The decision to create the committee came after the district received a demographics report late last year, Superintendent Cade Smith said during the meeting. The committee met multiple times during the spring and summer.
The demographics report predicted that student enrollment would increase by 28 percent in the next four years, and campuses are approaching capacity in the coming years.
Board Vice President Bill Cooper said the board is excited to have called the bond election.
“We’re charged with educating these kids, and we’ve outgrown what we have and this about the third time since I’ve been on the board that this has happened,” Cooper said. “So we have to stay ahead of the game just a little bit, which on this one, we’re not, we’re kind of behind the eight ball, but we’re going to do the best we can and we’re going to make it happen.”
McGuire said he voted against calling the bond election because he didn’t feel like the bond package addressed growth needs at the elementary level. He said the demographer’s predictions are usually accurate, only being off by a few students.
The demographics report indicated that Brock Elementary School would be over capacity by the 2022 school year.
“[The demographer] is telling us that our brand new [elementary] school, that’s where so much of our growth is, is the little kids,” McGuire said. “We’re not having juniors and seniors move in here, we’re having kindergarteners and first graders, and pre-schoolers and young families are moving here to put their kids in our schools, and the current bond doesn’t address the elementary whatsoever.”
McGuire said he stands behind the board, though he doesn’t necessarily agree, and is invested in the community.
Brunner declined to comment on his vote.