Election Day

An American flag sticks out of a campaign sign Saturday in front of Freeport Library, which hosted one of the county's polling sites.

CLUTE — Future Buccaneers can look forward to a new Brazoswood High School after voters overwhelmingly approved Brazosport ISD’s $267 million bond request.

Complete, unofficial results released Saturday night showed 2,980 voting in favor of the measure, or 78.69 percent, with 807 or 21.31 percent against. Results remain unofficial until canvassed by the school board.

“We’re humbled and extremely grateful that great of a percentage of people are for the bond,” Superintendent Danny Massey said Saturday evening.

A majority of bond funds, 58 percent, will replace campuses and district facilities while the rest will fund facility renovations, career and technical education, extracurricular activities, maintenance, safety and security, technology upgrades and instructional materials.

Brazosport ISD officials work very hard to create and maintain trust and transparency, he said.

“It’s a great day in BISD,” Massey said. “I just appreciate all the voters who supported our students. This bond will positively impact generations of students.”

A 36-person bond committee determined bond money would be used to replace the main campus of Brazoswood High School and Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, as well as build new multi-sport athletic complexes at both high schools, and maintenance, transportation and child nutrition facilities.

Brazoswood High School is 49 years old, and campus safety concerns when it opened were not nearly the factor they are a half-century later, officials said. The fact there are 59 exterior doors at the current Brazoswood building highlights the need for security upgrades and new designs.

That school will cost about $125 million to replace. The replacements will give the school a new main campus, cafeteria, auditorium and fine arts wing.

An $18.8 million building to house pre-kindergarten through sixth grade would replace the Jones Creek campus that’s been in use since 1952.

Built in 1970, Brazosport ISD’s maintenance, transportation and child nutrition support service site is proposed to be replaced at a cost of $11 million. The new buildings will offer additional resources the departments can share, including a conference room, The Facts previously reported.

The next-largest chunk of funds, $48.9 million, will pay for facility additions and program improvements for high school career and technical education. Community members are very supportive of these efforts, Massey said.

Facility renovations and improvements would make up another $28.66 million of the bond funds. That will fund security perimeter lighting for 12 campuses, according to the bond flier, as well as parking expansion, security vestibules, roofing repair, kitchen equipment replacement, mechanical equipment replacement and other projects, the flier states.

One, at a price of $4 million, would create a centralized automation interface/security command control system. The high-tech system would link all of the district’s alarms, entryways and cameras, The Facts previously reported. If a campus required evacuation, the security system would provide a safe, efficient way to click on the exact camera needed to see what’s happening at that campus from an off-site location, according to previous reports.

Polk Elementary is the campus with the highest-priced upgrades proposed at $6.3 million. Its improvements would include security lighting, a new mechanical system, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance improvements, restroom renovations, new drop-off/pickup traffic stacking lane and upgrade of interior finishes.

Bonds allow the district to keep 100 percent of the money without increasing the tax rate, Massey said. The $267 million would not be subject to recapture, like the $36 million the district will send to the state this school year, he said.

Brazosport ISD serves about 12,400 students at 19 campuses and employs about 1,600 people. The district’s tax rate is 1.2553 cents per $100 of property value.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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