A low voter turnout in Silsbee shocked school district officials after its $29.5 million bond proposal was shot down by 13 votes on Saturday.
“We just have to regroup and put our heads together,” said Superintendent Richard Bain. “This isn’t a matter of what we want, but more of what we need. Something has to be done about these aging schools.”
614 voters turned out to voice their rights and the shortfall ended with Silsbee ISD going back to the drawing board.
Kirbyville passed a similar bond issue of $19 million.
Silsbee ISD will continue to study other proposals that could be implemented in time for the November elections.
One option discussed earlier by board members was renovating campuses at a cost of $10 million. That amount would increase taxes as much as the $29.5 million proposal.
“We will sit down and discuss other options,” added Bain. “We’ll have to take a different approach and educate people on what are needs are to move forward.”
A steeper bond proposal was studied last year that was quickly shot down by citizens on the onset of it becoming a bond proposal.