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School bond election passes

Bond Election 2016 Pearland ISD’s school bond referendum passed by almost a two-thirds majority Nov. 8.

According to the Brazoria County Elections Department, of 36,291 votes cast in the school bond election, 22,484 voters (61.95 percent) voted for the bond measure.

More than half of eligible Pearland ISD voters turned out for the election this year.

The first bond election Pearland ISD has held in 10 years, the $220 million bond referendum addresses safety/security, technology, growth and aging facilities district-wide.

Thanks to voter approval, the district can move forward with renovations and upgrades, with highest-priority items completed first and all bond projects within an estimated four years.

A bond oversight committee of community representatives will meet quarterly to ensure bond projects and funds are managed effectively.

"We're grateful to have such public support for our growing number of students as we ready our facilities for the decade ahead. Based on input from those who have lived in Pearland for a long time, the large community facilities committee composed a list of projects that focus on real needs rather than ‘wants’ and ‘wishes,’” Superintendent Dr. John Kelly said.

For more information about the bond, visit https://www.pearlandisd.org/bond2016.

(11/10/2016)