Politics & Government

Here’s how Aledo, Azle and Everman residents voted on school bond proposals

Multi-million dollar school bond proposals in Aledo, Azle and Everman drew a mixed reaction from voters Tuesday night.

In Aledo, 62% of voters supported a $149.9 million school bond program, according to incomplete and unofficial election results in Parker and Tarrant counties.

Officials have said the bond proposal was needed to meet growing population and enrollment growth.

The bond would pay for two new campuses (Middle School No. 2 and Elementary School No. 6), renovations to three campuses (Aledo Middle School, McAnally Intermediate and Vandagriff Elementary), replace furniture at three elementary schools, land for future schools.

Everman bond takes early lead

In Everman, 63% of voters supported a $40 million school bond program, with all vote centers reporting.

School officials said that rising enrollment has put the district at capacity. The bond would add floors and classrooms to the Everman Joe C. Bean High School, Baxter Junior High and the Townley Elementary School.

The bond program might include adding classrooms and more to the Dan Powell Intermediate School. And it would include some restructuring, such as opening an Early Childhood Center at Dan Powell Intermediate and moving fifth-graders to the elementary school. It also would include new roofs for schools throughout the district.

Azle bond losing early

In Azle, 62% opposed a $79.8 million bond program, according to incomplete and unofficial election results from Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties.

School leaders said the district is expected to grow by about 750 students in the next five years. The bond would pay for a kitchen and expansion of Azle High School’s cafeteria, as well as a new band hall. It also would fund improvements to the Agriculture Science Animal Barn, 13 new science labs and a new black box theater.

It also would pay to renovate the six tennis courts and build four new ones and well as build a kitchen, cafeteria, gym and classrooms at the Liberty Elementary School.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.