Turnout was light in the much-anticipated municipal election Saturday, but those who did cast a ballot voted in favor of a $40 million bond proposal to build a new Brownfield High School and make other important changes around the county’s largest school district.
Voters supported the bond by a margin of 651 to 432.
The bond had a strong margin of support when early polling numbers were released just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Election day voters confirmed the victory for bond proponents. One of those, Michelle Cooper, a former local educator and member of the See Brownfield Rise political action committee that formed to promote the bond, told the Brownfield News she was pleased with the results. “I was proud for our community and the kids that will come through these school buildings in the future,” she said. “I’m thrilled that they will have the same opportunities afforded to them as students in neighboring districts of similar size. I think it’s a smart, well thought out plan for the future of the community.”
Brownfield ISD Superintendent Chris Smith told the News he was grateful for the trust placed in the district’s board and administrators by local voters. “We are very excited and thankful that the community supported us in the manner they did,” he said. “We’re going to continue to work for the betterment of the community of Brownfield. We’ll be good stewards of our tax dollars and never take that responsibility for granted. We will always strive to have facilities, students, and faculty that our community can be proud of.”
$40 Million District Bond Proposition Overview
What voters got with the $40 million bond are the following new construction and renovation projects:
- Construction of secure entrances and visitor screening areas at all academic campuses.
- Construction of a new Brownfield High School on land owned by BISD east of the
- existing high school. The current high school would be scheduled for completion
- by the end of 2021. At that point, the current high school would be utilized for
- Brownfield Middle School, with renovations for tennis locker rooms.
- New High School includes core academic areas, a STEM lab (Science
- Technology Engineering & Math), Career & Technical Education, Fine Arts space
- for band, theater arts classroom and choir, and a new competition gym and
- practice gym.
- A new playground for both Colonial Heights and Oak Grove Elementary School.
- Re-utilization of current Middle School Site. Abatement of asbestos and partial
- demolition of the existing Middle School. The auditorium and gymnasium areas
- would remain and entrances constructed to allow community access and use.