Taylor County voters in the Jim Ned school district rejected the nearly $21 million bond package, keeping Buffalo Gap Elementary and Lawn Elementary open for a while longer.
The $20.87 million bond for Jim Ned CISD was more controversial than any other school bond in Taylor County. Most of the package would go towards building a new consolidated elementary school in Tuscola, closing the ones in Lawn and Buffalo Gap. Both of the existing elementary schools were built decades ago and administrators say the facilities have structural and safety issues that can no longer be ignored.
But with 1094 votes against (63%) and 637 for the bond (37%), the idea of a new elementary school for the district is put on hold. The election isn't final yet, though. There are residents in Coleman County who live in the Jim Ned school district, whose votes haven't been calculated. But no matter the results there, it will not change the overall outcome, meaning the bond package fails.
Community members who voted against the bond say now they can focus on how the district can improve the highlighted issues at the two existing schools. Those who were in favor of the bond say they're disappointed but will move forward with improving the district.
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