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EISD Board cancels election

School board election will not take place May 10
The Ennis ISD Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to cancel the May 10 school board election. Two incumbents, Dr. Mack Boyd and Miles Strunc, filed for re-election. Since no other candidates filed during the recent filing period, they were unopposed.
The Texas Election Code allows school districts to cancel school board elections when candidates are unopposed. This enables districts to save money on election costs.
EISD will still conduct a bond election on May 10. The bond package totals $48.985 million and includes the following:
• A new intermediate school (grades 4-6) with a capacity of 800 students. The likely site for this campus would be on the current Ennis Junior High School site, west of Clay Street.
• Expansion and conversion of the Sixth Grade Center into a second intermediate school (grades 4-6) by adding a wing, with a total capacity of 800 students.
• A new Early Childhood Center with an initial capacity of 400 students and the capability to expand to 600 students in the future.
The likely site for this campus would be on the former Carver school property at Martin Luther King Drive between Daffan and Ripley avenues.
• Expansion of Travis Elementary School by 150 students. Travis is the smallest school in the district but is projected to experience sizeable growth over the next decade.
The expansion also has the benefit of improved cost-effectiveness by raising enrollment to better match the other elementary campuses.
• Technology upgrades at the Sixth Grade Center to match the new intermediate campus.
The bond package addresses two issues – the closure of the intermediate school and enrollment growth in grades PK through sixth – that were discussed by the EISD Facility Needs Study Committee earlier this year. The two new schools and Sixth Grade Center expansion would be projected to open by August 2009. Timing for the expansion at Travis is still being evaluated.
Based on current growth projections, this bond package should address EISD enrollment needs until 2017.

The tax rate impact for the average-priced home in Ennis ISD of $88,860 would be $71 a year, or $1.36 per week.

Due diligence (soil tests, environmental studies, etc.) is nearly complete on the Carver site and district property adjacent to the current junior high campus, west of Clay Street. It is expected that due diligence will be completed within the next few days. EISD staff and the community will be informed when the sites are confirmed.

It is anticipated that the historical Ennis Junior High School building, at 501 N. Gaines, will be the future home for the district’s SOAR, PRIDE, and DAEP programs. In addition, an alternative high school is being developed to recapture dropout students and at-risk students in danger of dropping out, also to be housed in that building. The main building may also be used for adult education classes, a GED program, an educational foundation that is being studied, and other important educational outreach programs.

Early voting for the bond election will take place April 28 through May 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day (except weekends) at the EISD Administration Building, 303 W. Knox.

In addition, temporary branch voting will take place as follows from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days:

Sixth Grade Center, 2200 W. Lampasas, Monday, April 28

Early Childhood Center, 1701 Lampasas, Tuesday, April 29

Austin Elementary School, 1500 Austin Dr., Friday, May 2

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ennis, 1211 S. Clay, Saturday, May 3

Ennis High School, 1405 Lake Bardwell Dr., Monday, May 5

Houston Elementary School, 1701 S. Hall, Monday, May 5

Bowie Elementary School, 501 Jeter Dr., Monday, May 5

Travis Elementary School, 200 N. Shawnee, Monday, May 5

San Jacinto Auditorium, 501 N. Gaines, Tuesday, May 6

Election Day voting on May 10 will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the EISD Administration Building.

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