Election

EARLY VOTING RESULTS: SISD $448.5 million dollar bond easily passes

Voters in the Socorro Independent School District easily approved a $448.5 million dollar bond Tuesday, according to early voting results.

Numbers show nearly 62% of 4,229 voters voted in favor of the bond. 38% voted against. Final numbers are pending.

Bond projects include the reconstruction of Socorro High School estimated at $135 million. Socorro High School was built more than 50 years ago.

Last month, Superintendent Dr. Jose Espinoza said it's time that the students and the community at Socorro High have the same facilities that the students have at the district's newer campuses.

Some SISD high schools are not being left out, Montwood, El Dorado and Americas would also see improvements with an estimated cost of $95.8 million.

SISD will also build two new elementary schools and one middle school, with an estimated price tag of $105.8 million.

One elementary and the middle school will be built to accommodate the Eastlake feeder pattern. The other elementary school will be built in the Pebble Hills feeder pattern area.

Dr. Espinoza said there is currently an overflow of about 1,300 students. Some of its campuses currently have an overflow of students forcing some of them to attend a campus further from their home.

"We're a growing school district, we're the destination district. People are moving to SISD because they want to bring their children into one of our schools," Espinoza said.

Other projects include $23.6 million for support services, $20.8 million for elementary multi-purpose rooms and $67.5 million for athletic improvements.

The last time taxpayers approved a bond for SISD was in 2011 for $297.4 million. SISD said projects were completed a year ahead of schedule and came in under budget.

The bond will add $0.106 per $100 valuation in 2017-18 or $8.83 per month on a home with a $100,000 taxable value.