Yoakum school district voters say yes to $50M bond

Sonny Long

Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.

Yoakum school district Superintendent Tom Kelley was happy Tuesday night - to say the least.

Voters in the Yoakum school district approved issuing up to $50 million in bonds for projects that will build two gymnasiums, multiple classrooms and a science lab.

"We're very excited and appreciate all the voters turning out," Kelley said.

"It's an exciting time for the community. We are looking forward to beginning the process."

The projects also include multiple new classrooms, a physical education/multipurpose classroom, science labs, a new junior high band hall, a new vocational building, an intermediate library and three cafeteria additions.

The proposed projects also included renovations to bus-loading zones, sidewalks and covered walkways.

Kelley said the school board can now decide to sell bonds up to the $50 million limit approved by voters or reexamine and re-prioritize the projects as they fit into the district's needs assessment.

The direct effect on taxpayers will not be known until those decisions are made, Kelley said.

"We want to get started as soon as possible," the superintendent said. "There is a lot to do."



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