Early Voters: HISD Bond Proposal, Yes or No?

Tomorrow is the final day you can early vote for the Houston Independent School District's bond proposal. It's a $1.9 billion dollar plan to replace, rebuild or renovate 38 schools. Two opposing Political Action Committees have been fighting to get your vote. So which one is winning and how are people voting.

A steady stream of cars and children flood onto the grounds of Garden Oaks Elementary just north of the 610 loop. A school that stands to receive nearly $27 million dollars in the HISD bond proposal. It’s safe to say Garden Oaks’ parents know where they stand when it comes to the bond.

“I have not voted yet but I am definitely voting for the bond.”

“It’s a great idea the school needs money it’s good for the school.”

“I voted for the HISD bond. I felt like tax payer dollars should go towards education.”

Say parents Breaux Peters, Corrine Carlberg and Roger Smith. Smith can’t think of a parent he’s met through the school who won’t tick the yes box on the ballot. On the other side of town near River Oaks shopping center, the same can’t be said for some early voters like Elizabeth Stiver.

“I actually did not vote for that, honestly because I wasn’t fully aware of everything, so I just passed it over.”

 Or like Vicky Trammell who was just heading in to vote.

“Probably against it, I think the money for more buildings is important, but they don’t always put it where it needs to go, so I don’t trust what they’re gonna do.”

However her husband Ben Russell is her counter-balance.

“I’m gonna vote for it they need to replace all those high schools.”

Out of 13 people I spoke with, 4 said they were against and 9 said they were for the bond. This is consistent with our KUHF/KHOU poll which estimates 54% of voters will tick yes on their ballot. Something which will make Sue Davis with the Citizen’s for Better Schools PAC happy, especially as they’ve done all they can to get the word out.

“I don’t know what else more we could do. We’ve blanketed the airwaves, radio, television, and billboards. We have gone to speak to every group that wants to speak to us.”

On the other hand, if it is a yes vote, Dave Wilson with the Responsible Government Spending PAC won’t be so pleased. 

“Spending more money on brick and mortar isn’t going to fix our schools.”

The definitive yes or no answer on the bond passing will be determined on Election Day next Tuesday. But if early voter Carole Price has anything to do with it, the outcome will be a resounding yes.

“I did vote for it, it’s a lot of money but the City of Houston needs some improvements, so I’m all for it.”

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Edel Howlin

Producer, Houston Matters

Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...