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Eight out of nine Central Texas school district bonds passed

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Central Texas voters stood tall for education on Saturday. Nine area school districts were up for bond elections, and eight of them passed.

The largest was Midway ISD where voters passed a $34.5 million dollar bond. The bond includes upgraded security equipment such as new security cameras. The bond also includes classroom additions and renovations to their performing arts center and the high school theater. New buses, a multi-purpose student activities center and tablets for every student in the district.

Midway ISD superintendent, Dr. George Kazanas released a statement after the bond was passed. 

"The passage of the bond shows our community's support of excellence in education. We certainly appreciate the community's support of our kids. The funds will allow for maintenance and transportation projects and exciting advancements forward in our curriculum and extracurricular's.

Golthwaite ISD voters said yes to a multimillion dollar bond after the last one failed by 11 votes. This was the third time Goldthwaite had a bond election.

The district will build a new elementary school. School Board President Rich Brown said the last election didn't pass because the district focused on building a new elementary and high school. This election they focused on one project.

"We are very excited. We've taken care of one-half of basically our facilities needs through this, and we are serving the most kids by passing it," said Brown. "We're very excited to get started and I think the community will be very proud of the facility that will be built. I know the children will benefit from this and will benefit our entire town."

China Spring ISD passed their bond. Their bond includes elementary and high school renovations. Also, addition district wide improvements on security, technology and performing arts. 

"It's huge for China Spring," said Superintendent Marc Faulkner." It shows that our community and our parents care about education, and care about moving education forward in the whole community."

Academy ISD passed a $17.2 million dollar bond that will pay for a new intermediate school with additions and renovations to the existing elementary and high school.

Groesbeck ISD passed an $8 million dollar bond. This will help with new school buses and renovations throughout their schools facilities. 

But the smallest bond issue up for vote was the only one voters turned down. Leon ISD voters rejected a $2.3 million dollar bond. This would have built a new administration building and brought renovations to their agriculture building.

Lorena passed a $22.9 million dollar bond which will bring new classroom additions throughout the district, cafeteria expansion for the middle school and renovation seating at their high school football stadium.

McGregor ISD voters passed a $18.3 million dollar bond calling for a new agriculture study program, renovations to the gym and auditorium and will expand the high school band hall.

Lastly, Franklin ISD had a $12 million dollar bond which will add classrooms and a fine arts center. In addition, a multipurpose building and a Future Farmers of America and 4H agriculture facility. 

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