Voters that want to cast ballots for or against the proposed $335 million Goose Creek CISD bond can start with early voting Monday.
Early voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through April 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 28, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 through 30. Election Day is May 4.
Early voting locations in Harris County are at the Baytown Community Center in the Tejas Room, 2407 Market St. and at the Harris County Law Library, 1019 Congress Avenue, Houston. In Chambers County, early votes can be cast at the Goose Creek CISD Administration Building, 4544 Interstate 10 and at the Chambers County Community Center Bayou Annex, 7711 Highway 14.
This year, thanks to the Harris County Countywide Polling Place Program, voters will be able to cast votes at any polling location on Election Day just as they do for early voting. The program was approved by Texas Secretary of State David Whitley making Harris County as one of six Texas counties with a population of more than 100,000 to participate in the program. Harris County commissioners had voted unanimously to ask Whitley for permission to implement the program in their own county. With over two million registered voters, Harris County becomes the largest county in the country to implement this program.
Voters can find more information on the Countywide Polling Place Program by visiting www.HarrisVotes.com or by calling the Harris County Clerk’s office at 713-755-6965.
The $335 million bond came about after the Citizens Bond Planning Committee volunteered more than 1,100 hours in nine separate meetings. The 42-member committee was made up of community leaders, parents, teachers and business owners. Michelle Hughes, an executive facilitator at TransCend, facilitated the committee. The previous May, voters rejected a $437.5 million bond proposal, with many citing it was rushed and included unwanted items such as a $60 million multi-purpose center. This item was left off the current bond proposal.
Some of the items on the 2019 bond include a $59 million sixth junior school, a $26 million 17th elementary school and a $28 million replacement for San Jacinto Elementary. The current proposal also includes network cabling replacement for $11.9 million, plumbing upgrades for $15.4 million, an $8.8 million field house, a 55,000-square-foot education service center for the Special Education Department for $10.7 million, a 25,000-square-foot fine arts building at Robert E. Lee High School as well as a 11,000-square-foot building at Gentry Junior School for $12.1 million, interactive Whiteboards for $7.2 million, and purchasing a White Fleet police/security vehicle for $600,000.
The proposal also calls for adding mobile devices for junior and elementary schools for $6.5 million. This adds mobile devices for kindergarten, grades 1st through 3rd, 6th through 8th-grade math and science students. It also adds more than 500 iPad classroom carts. In addition, mobile devices for 4th and 5th-grade students, and 6th through 8th English Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms would be replaced for $6.9 million.