There were only 900 votes casts in the Navasota School district’s $61 million bond issue Saturday but 64 percent of them rejected the bonds.
Navasota ISD Supt. Rory Gesch said after the vote that he and the school board will have to find ways to put limited funds to use for the maintenance and improvement of the school district’s facilities.
He was thankful for the voters who turned out but noted the turnout was light consider the district has 3000 students.
The bonds would have made some improvements to the 40 year old high school and allow for additional classrooms for the 900 student in the pre-KL through third grade students. They are now going to school in just one campus and Gesch says they need to be split up. These were among some 130 items identified as needed by a citizens committee on school facilities.
Gesch said he realized that asking voters for a 23 cent property tax increase in a struggling local economy was a lot but also said this would have been a worthy investment .