Jacksonville School Bond Fails

The Jacksonville Independent School District voted today on a $62.5 million dollar school bond. Officials say the preliminary vote was 2,243 against and 542 for.

The district says money is needed to expand their school facilities. It was set to be used in two phases. The money in the first phase would have allowed the building of three new elementary schools, each one big enough to hold 750 students. The funds would have also paid for the renovation of Fred Douglas Elementary School and the expansion of the classrooms at Nichols Intermediate School. The bond would have also provided technology upgrades for all campuses.

The money in the second phase was set for renovating Jacksonville High School. Some of those renovations were going to be a larger cafeteria, a new band hall, and a new competition gym.

Oralia Ortega, reporting. ortega@kltv.com