- Dripping Springs school board, City Council races
- San Marcos school board: six candidates, two seats
- Hays school district: $238.4M bond, two seats
- Hays, Uhland council seats in play
For Hays County election results and vote count totals, please visit our election results page.
Unofficial final results show that more than 8,700 residents, or 6.2% of voters, cast their vote in Hays County. A total of 141,065 residents are registered to vote, according to county data.
Check in here for the latest. San Marcos, Hays and Dripping Springs school board seats are in play, as well as Hays, Uhland and Dripping Springs city council seats. The $238.4 million Hays school bond is also on the ballot tonight.
The district’s $238.4 million bond package that will help schools brace for growth received approval on three of its six propositions.
Final tallies show 59.81% of the vote was for Proposition A , 58.31% for B, and 62.68% for F, while 56.14% of the vote was against Proposition C, 55.28% against D and 52.8% against E.
Voters approved $191.5 million out of the $238.4 million bond proposal, which Tim Savoy, chief communication officer for the district, said were the most critical.
“Propositions A and B were most critical from a managing growth standpoint and F was technology to help with our technology infrastructure,” he said. “The stadiums and administration building did not pass but that is not a surprise because those types of projects are not as popular with voters as new schools and maintenance to schools, which is why the school board choose to break up the props this way.”
The bond referendum included six propositions with money to accommodate the population boom expected to resume once the coronavirus pandemic subsides: renovate and rehabilitate facilities, expand and improve athletic stadiums and facilities, streamline administrative functions, and pay for technology.
- Proposition A, which totals $147.9 million, is designed to accommodate growth with several renovation and expansion projects across the district and land acquisitions, including building a new elementary school in the Sunfield subdivision in Buda.
- More than $41 million in facility maintenance and upgrades is allocated in Proposition B, which includes improvements to campus fire alarms and heating and air conditioning systems, and keyless entry for staffers and administrators.
- Stadium expansions and improvements are broken up into Proposition C, at $12.7 million, and Proposition D, at $4.2 million. Proposition C would allow the district to increase stadium capacity to 4,200 seats at each campus and set a precedent for a new high school stadium.
- Proposition D allocates money for additional campus parking for the new baseball and softball complex and a new competition-size band practice area at Hays High, as well as improvements to the baseball and softball complex at Lehman High.
- The bond package also includes $29.8 million in Proposition E to construct a larger administration building that will house all of the central office staff in one building and $2.5 million in Proposition F for technology upgrades and more mobile devices across the district.
The district’s tax rate of $1.4037 per $100 of taxable value will not increase with the bond package. However, as property values increase, so will the amount homeowners will see on their annual tax bills.
Construction projects are expected to begin in June 2021 with a three-year buildout timeline for total completion, officials said.
A new face joins the school board following final results Saturday.
In the District 3 race, Courtney Runkle finished ahead of Richard W. Cronshey. She received 298 votes while Cronshey got 153.
Runkle will replace outgoing Board Member Michael Sánchez, who did not file for re-election.
In the race for the at-large seat, incumbent Will McManus will serve a second term after beating out Donye Curry and Bert Aguin with 1,359 votes.
Curry and Aguin garnered 1,010 and 115 votes, respectively.
McManus, vice president for Construction Tech, said he is excited to continue to serve the community.
“It speaks to the fact that people are excited about what we are doing in our school district and they want to continue to see us do good things for our students and teachers,” McManus said. “And that is what I plan to do for the next years.”
Curry, an assistant principal at Gerdes…
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