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COCISD Board to hear recommendations Monday, Nov. 17, for calling bond election


COLDSPRING — A citizen's advisory committee is scheduled to update recommendations to the Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School Board of Trustees on a proposed bond election to fund major projects at campuses and facilities in the district. The committee was organized in January 2014. At that time, committee members, district administration and staff started performing assessments at Jones Jones Eduction Complex, Coldspring-Oakhurst High School, Street Elementary and Coldspring Intermediate School and Lincoln Junior High. After identifying district needs, a May 2015 bond election will possibly be held to fund the proposed assessments. VLK Architects have been hired to assist with assessment confirmation, cost, bond planning and community engagement. Prioritized campus funding needs identified by the committee could cost about $13.5 million. Those funds would finance projects at James Street Elementary amounting to $230,000; Coldspring Intermediate School for $710,000; Lincoln Junior High School for $3,520,000, Coldsprng- Oakhurst High School for $1,910,000; Jones Education Complex for $410,000; High School CTE facility addition for $6,550,000 and districtwide security camera system upgrades in the amount of $252,000. Prioritized work identified to be done at the Jones Education Complex includes the replacement of the maintenance roof, the drive and parking at the maintenance buildings. Coldspring-Oakhurst High School projects include a weight room addition, air conditioning for the practice gym, replacement of competition gym HVAC; light remodeling of then vocational area and the turning of two science classrooms into one science lab. Lincoln Junior High School projects include the addition of four classrooms, relocating portable buildings, locker room addition, installation of bleachers, construct security vestibule, construct new canopy, replace 16 HVAC units, replace HVAC split system at library. Projects at Coldspring Intermediate School include replacing gym floor and installing wall pads, construction of security vestibule, construction of bus loop, replacing library flooring at carpet and installing ballistic film at security vestibule. James Street Elementary School projects include the garnered 3,431 votes (53.06 percent) to take the seat from Democratic incumbent Fritz Faulkner who had 3,035 votes (46.94 percent). Another county-wide election that went to the Republicans was that of San Jacinto County Clerk where Republican Dawn Wright defeated incumbent Democrat Angela Steele by 1,056 votes. Wright got a total of 3,672 votes (58.40 percent) while Steele received 2,616 votes (41.60). Also a county-wide election, Republican Amanda Washburn got 4,317 votes (68.79 percent) to win the county treasurer's seat, while Democratic challenger Deborah Turner got 1,959 votes (31.21 percent). In uncontested county-wide races, Republican Robert Hill Trapp received 5,325 votes for criminal district attorney; Republican Greg Capers received 5,071 votes for county sheriff and Democrat Rebecca Capers received 3,686 votes for district clerk. In precinct races, Democratic incumbent Donny Marrs won with 731 votes (68.90 percent) to Republican Waid Williams' 330 votes (31.10 percent) in the race for Precinct 2 commissioner. For Precinct 4 Commissioner, Democratic incumbent Mark Nettuno held on to his job with 281 votes against Republican challenger Mike Selmer. Nettuno had a total of 1,245 votes (56.36 percent) to Selmer's 964 votes (43.64 percent. Justice of the Peace Beth Sewell (Dem) received 835 votes (53.49 percent) to keep her seat from Republican challenger Doug Newman with 726 votes (46.51 percent). Democratic incumbent Harris "Red" Blanchette, who was unopposed, got 771 votes. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Randy Ellisor (Dem) easily defeated his Republican challenger Julian F. Kowis who had 607 votes (36.81 percent). Ellisor garnered 1,042 votes (63.19 percent) for the win. In Precinct 4, incumbent Democrat Greg Magee defeated his Republican challenger Wade Runnels by 95 votes for justice of the peace. Magee got 1,150 votes ((52.15 percent) while Runnels received 1,055 votes (47.85 percent). Like voters across the State of Texas, San Jacinto County voters favored the Proposed Constitutional Amendment with 4,648 voting for and 1,430 voting against the proposition supporting highway funding.


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