Voters who have yet to cast ballots have one last opportunity Saturday to make their choices in the Sulphur Springs school trustees election and the North Hopkins school bond proposal election.
In North Hopkins, voters will decide whether or not the school will sell up to $5 million in bonds to construct a new elementary building on the current property, which would house 14 classrooms plus offices for elementary.
A $5 million bond would raise the tax rate to $1.2366 per $100 of property value, an increase of about 8.5 cents, according to the order of election signed by NHISD Board President Lori Timko.
North Hopkins Independent School District Superintendent Donna George said building a new addition to house 14 classrooms plus offices for elementary would free up space in the current elementary wing for special classes for elementary and other grade levels, such as pull-out classes and a computer lab — which has outgrown its current assignments — and for additional class sections should they be required due to enrollment.
District officials had BWA Architects of Dallas draft a proposed plan so community members could better see what the proposed addition would look like and where it’d be placed on the existing school grounds. A copy of the document can be downloaded from www.northhopkins.net by clicking on “North Hopkins Elementary Building Plan.”
“We evaluated need versus what we’d like to have. I think we’ve been very conservative. We’d love to have a big new facility with all the bells and whistles. This will be simple and nice, but not extravagant. It will meet our needs,” George said earlier this month.
If there are any funds left over after the new addition is completed, the district would use that money for upgrades such as painting and new carpeting at the older buildings.
Election Day polling will be conducted Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in NHISD Administration Building.
In Sulphur Springs, voters will be asked to choose two of the three candidates to serve a full three-year term on Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees. Candidates include incumbent Tammy Cooper and challengers Robbin Vaughn and Robert Cody. The seats are at-large so the two candidates receiving the most votes will win the election.
Cody is a corporate controller for Grocery Supply Company. Vaughn is a probation officer. Cooper, a full-time mom, is seeking a second term on the board. She currently serves as secretary of the school board.
Incumbent Jacquelyn Brice opted not to seek a fifth term on the board.
Election Day voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
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