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At a League of Women Voters forum April 29, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads answers questions about two bond propositions totaling nearly $77 million. See the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters‘ guide to the May 11 election below this story. MERCURY PHOTO by JON SHAPLEY

At a League of Women Voters forum April 29, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads answers questions about two bond propositions totaling nearly $77 million. See the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters‘ guide to the May 11 election below this story. MERCURY PHOTO by JON SHAPLEY

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San Marcos CISD bond election

To vote early

Early voting continues 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7 at the the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail.

» See a map of early voting locations across Hays County here.

To vote on Election Day

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 but voting will take place in several unfamiliar locations. Election Day polling places for the San Marcos CISD include:

» New Life Christian Center, 4000 Texas 123, San Marcos

» San Marcos Housing Residents Office, 820 Sturgeon Street, San Marcos

» Martindale Baptist Church, Main Street, Martindale

» Dunbar Center, 801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Marcos

» Crockett Elementary School, 1300 Girard Street, San Marcos

» Travis Elementary School, 1437 Post Road, San Marcos

To find out which SMCISD single-member district you live in, consult this map from the school district’s website.

With $77 million in proposed capital improvements on the ballot, the San Marcos school district election is drawing higher-than-usual numbers to the polls.

With two days left in early voting, 886 people had voted in the San Marcos CISD election as of Saturday, Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said. A bond proposition in Wimberley and an at-large trustee race in Dripping Springs were drawing comparable numbers in those school districts.

In last May’s San Marcos school board election about 1,400 people cast votes to decide between four candidates seeking two at-large seats. Voter turnout is running more than double what it was in 2012, according to number-crunching by Citizens for San Marcos, a special purpose committee promoting passage of the school bonds.

Of the 886 who have voted this year, only 187 live in the school district’s Place 5, the only contested trustee race on the ballot, Cowan said. Incumbent John Crowley, the Dripping Springs ISD child nutrition director, is being challenged by Texas State education professor Michelle Hamilton.

Turnout is highest in the relatively affluent areas encompassed by voting Pct. 315 (Willow Creek, Laurel Estates, Siesta Verde, Turkey Hollow and surrounding neighborhoods) where 265 votes — nearly a third of the total — had been cast.

Voting Pct. 336 has produced 130 votes (Greater Castle Forest, Franklin Square, Hughson Heights, Sierra Circle and Country Estates) followed by voting Pct. 332 with 121 votes (Tanglewood, Highland, Ridgeway/Hillcrest, Alamo Heights, Holland Hills, Forrest Hills, Spring Lake Hills and Hunters Glen). Both of those boxes include Place 5 voters.

In the city of Kyle, where voters are considering $36 million in road bonds [pdf], 378 votes had been cast through May 4. Kyle area voters are also choosing a trustee for Hays CISD single-member District 5, currently held by Marty Kanetzky and being sought Debbie Muñoz.

Wimberley ISD voters are deciding whether to authorize the sale of $25.4 million in bonds to fund renovations at the high school and other campuses [pdf]. A few voters short of 740 had cast a ballot on the proposition through May 4, Cowan said.

Dripping Springs ISD voters are picking between Liz Ing, Shelly Reeves and Jon Thompson for two at-large trustee seats. As of Saturday, 822 residents had cast early ballots in that election.

Read more

» San Marcos CISD Voters Guide | May 2013


CORRECTION: The story originally state that “barely more than 900” voted in the 2012 San Marcos CISD board election. The two winning candidates in a “pick-two” setup, Paul Mayhew and Judy Allen, each won about 900 votes. But a total of 1,432 people cast ballots in the election.

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2 thoughts on “Voters turning out early for bond proposals in San Marcos, Kyle, Wimberley

  1. I believe your numbers may include 2 separate races in the Kyle area. Not all the people voting in the Kyle bond election are voting in the Hays CISD election. The boundaries of the Hays CISD district slightly overlap a part of Kyle, but the vast majority encompass Mountain City, unincorprated areas, and – perhaps? – parts of Buda. Kyle also has a city council race going on.

  2. I wonder why the district can’t get more computers in the hands of students. I’d pay for this any day as a taxpayer. Why spend a huge public fortune on a monument to head banging!!!??? Wouldn’t a mosh pit be cheaper!!!!

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