Hallettsville school district voters to consider $10.5M bond

  • HALLETTSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND ELECTION

  • • ELECTION DAY: Tuesday

    • VOTING TIMES: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • VOTING LOCATIONS: Lavaca County Courthouse, Lavaca County Courthouse Annex, Vienna Baptist Church, Moravia Parish Hall, Moulton Community Center, Hope Community Hall, Yoakum Nursing and Rehabilitation

HALLETTSVILLE - Voters in the Hallettsville school district are considering a $10.5 million school bond for new facilities on the elementary school and junior high campuses.

If the bond is approved, property owners' tax rates in the district would increase by about 11 cents, from the current $1.1027 per $100 in valuation to $1.2163.

The tax bill on a $100,000 home would increase by $114 annually.

Superintendent Jo Ann Bludau said the funds are needed for two main reasons: growth and safety.

Elementary school enrollment has increased from 284 students in 2009 to 412 as of Oct. 28 this year, said Bludau, who has been superintendent since 2007.

"The second reason is to address safety concerns that have been shared with me by teachers, parents, staff members and community members since I was hired as superintendent," Bludau said.

If the bond is approved, new construction at the elementary school would include enclosing the school to prevent walk-up access, additional classrooms, additional restrooms, library expansion and improvements in technology, electrical and air conditioning systems, according to a school district brochure.

Plans at the junior high, if the bond is approved, include construction of a new cafeteria to provide a kitchen and a dining area, library expansion, additional classroom space and correction of drainage and foundation issues.

In May 2010, voters in the school district approved a $12.7 million bond for construction projects at Hallettsville High School, the first bond passed for the school district since 1956.