Navasota School District voters are casting ballots Saturday on a $60 million bond issue.
Navasota ISD Supt. Rory Gesch says a citizens committee came up with massive sweep of renovations and upgrades when they found 130 areas of concern about security, safety and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Gesch says the high school has not gotten any improvements since it was built 40 years ago and they need to do something for the 900 students in pre-K through the third grade. He says all of these children are going to school on the same campus and they need to be split up.
Gesch does have some additional concerns. The bond package would mean a 23 cent property tax increase, a significant one for an economically struggling community. The tax rate would go up to $1.40 per one hundred dollar valuation, The current Navasota school district tax rate is $1.17.
Gesch says if the bond issue does not pass the staff and school board will have to find way to make at least some of these improvements.
Several school districts are having elections Saturday. Caldwell School District voters are casting ballots on a $5.7 million bond issue. Some of that will go to cleaning up the mold at their elementary school.
The Burton School district is also having an election Saturday. Five candidates are vying for three positions on the board. The top three will serve. Burton voters will be casting their ballots at the high school.
The polling sites will be open from 7am to 7pm Saturday