UPDATE: Fort Worth ISD propositions pass, Aledo ISD propositions fall

Voters in the Fort Worth Independent School District approved two propositions during voting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Proposition A, which authorizes the Fort Worth Independent School District to move 2 cents of its tax revenue from debt service to maintenance and operations and Proposition B, a $750 million bond program for construction, instruction and infrastructure repairs and improvements.

With 144 of 148 precincts reporting, Proposition A passed 74 percent to 36 percent. Proposition B passed 78 percent to 22 percent.

In a statement, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said plans are well underway to get a “jack rabbit” start on projects approved by voters.

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“Thank you, voters, for your support of the Fort Worth ISD and of your confidence in our mission – to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership,” he said.

The voter-approved Bond Program will provide just over $750 million for capital improvement projects across the district. The accompanying “Penny Swap” election, also approved by voters, will afford the district an additional $23 million annually for life-cycle, maintenance and other items.

At the next regularly scheduled board meeting trustees will consider several items involved with the employment of a project manager, the hiring of architects and engineers.

“For more than a year we worked to prepare the Penny Swap and Bond elections and we are grateful to everyone who was part of that process,” Scribner said. “The board and I are resolved that this will be the most successful Capital Improvement Program in the history of our community.”

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Additional steps that will be forthcoming will be the naming of a Citizens Oversight Committee by the Board of Education.

In the nearby Aledo Independent School District, the two propositions failed. Proposition A sought to build a new middle school and repurpose another school, while Proposition B and for land purchase and additions to agriculture education.