Brenham ISD is looking at what comes next after the district’s $153.9 million bond proposal was rejected by voters.
The measure failed with 2,255 votes against and 1,750 in favor. The bond called for a new junior high school for grades 6-8, and also would have funded improvements for the Career and Technical Education department, field house locker rooms and cafeteria, and a band marching pad. In addition, funding would have gone toward districtwide accessibility and security improvements and fiber internet enhancements.
Superintendent Dr. Tylor Chaplin said the district’s next step is to evaluate the reasons that led to the outcome and move from there.
Had the bond passed, it would have increased the district’s tax rate by an estimated $0.2480 per $100 valuation from the current rate of $0.9884 per $100.
Dr. Chaplin said it is too soon to know what the district’s plans will be regarding another bond proposal, so time will be taken to visit with the community to determine the path ahead.
Brenham ISD last passed a bond in 2012 for $25.9 million to build Alton Elementary School and renovate the middle school. Prior to that, the district passed a $10 million bond in 2004 to build Brenham Elementary School and a $23.6 million bond in 1994 to build a new high school and auditorium.
A total of 21,392 people were registered to vote for Saturday's bond election, and there was a voter turnout of 16.61 percent.