Devine ISD calls for $13.9M bond, trustee election

The Devine ISD Board called for a $13.9 Million Bond Election and a school board trustee election, both to be held jointly with the City of Devine on Saturday, May 4th
Wes Herring moved and seconded by Phillip Fitch to adopt an Order Calling a Bond Election to be held by the Devine Independent School District in the amount of $13,980,000.00. Motion carried unanimously, 6-0 by board members Nancy Pepper, Henry Moreno, Carl Brown, Keri James, Phillip Fitch, and Wes Herring. Absent was Robert Morales.
Three trustee positions are up for election: District 2 currently held by Robert Morales and two At-Large positions currently held by Carl Brown and Wes Herring.
As of press time on Tuesday, Jan 29 three candidates have filed for At-Large: Carl Brown, Chris Davis, and Renee Frieda. No one has filed for District 2 at this time.

$13.9 Million Dollar Bond election
“The goal of our upcoming bond is to provide safety and security capital improvements to our schools. With that in mind, the board began looking at the 2010 Master plan in the fall of 2018. We reviewed teacher and community input on campus facility inventories, and began with those areas that were not able to be included in the last bond”, said Scott Sostarich, Devine ISD Superintendent. “Our plan is to build on those evaluations and form campus planning committees to develop an implementation plan.”
The major projects will include:
new classrooms; gymnasium; office entry with secure vestibule at the elementary;
secure vestibule at the Intermediate School;
relocation and renovation of the high school office with a secure vestibule;
additional dressing room space at the middle school;
and tennis courts at the high school campus.
“As we begin this process and meet with the architects to develop plans and drawings, we will be giving more information to our community when we have renderings of what the projects will look like. Keeping the community informed during the process is important to us”, he said.
More details and estimated costs on the above projects will be posted in next week’s Devine News.