Election Results: Sweeping changes in Galena Park; Tax vote passes in JC; School Bonds pass

Voters in Galena Park swept out all the incumbent councilpersons, affirming the changes they started two years ago with the election of Esmeralda Moya as Mayor. With a large turnout of 1063 voters, the unofficial results saw Moya returned to office, with 772 votes, against her challenger Dawn Fisher with 275 votes. This vote spread was also seen in the four council positions,as follows: POSITION 1: Chersky 714, Simms 309; POSITION 2: Silva 743, Hinojosa 281; POSITION 3: Broussard 723, Serna 250, Groba 60; POSITION 4: Ponder 734, Flores 304.

In other elections:
JACINTO CITY, passed the Proposition raising the Sales Tax by 1 cent, to 8.25 percent.

GALENA PARK ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $290 million, FOR 561, and AGAINST 215. Therefore the bonds passed by 72% to 28%.The district currently intends to use the bond, to address aging facilities, student safety and 21st century education. Under the current proposed use, all 25 educational facilities and 9 support facilities would receive renovations and upgrades.

Specific proposed uses for the bond funds include:
— Rebuild 6 Elementary Campuses
— North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center
— Renovations and Upgrades to all other Campuses and Facilities
— Land Acquisition for Facility Opportunities

SHELDON ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $285 million, FOR  210, and AGAINST 88. Therefore the bonds passed by 70% to 30%. The Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees voted to call a school bond election that will include more schools, facility improvements and renovations, technology upgrades and land purchases.
The recommended package totals $285 million and will include funds for:
— A new high school (in place of the current C. E. King High School)
— A new elementary school
— Renovations to our current middle schools
— Technology upgrades throughout the district
— Land purchases for new SISD facilities

Sheldon ISD is considered a fast-growth district. This year alone, the district saw a 7% growth rate. At this rate, Sheldon ISD can expect to have a student enrollment of more than 11,000 by 2023. It is now approximately 8500 students.