If early turnout is an indication — and it always is — voter participation in the San Marcos CISD construction bond and school board elections today could set a new record.
Polls will be opened 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five locations, one for each of San Marcos CISD’s single-member districts.
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On Tuesday, the last day to cast a ballot early, 366 cast ballots bringing the total to 1,577 headed into Election Day.
That amounts to about 2.4 percent of the 65,257 people who live within San Marcos CISD’s boundaries, according to the 2010 census. But the election has generated considerable interested by the school district’s paltry voter participation standards. In 2012, when two at-large seats were up for grabs, only 658 people voted early and 771 others did so on Election Day.
This year, 318 have voted in District 5 where Texas State education professor Michelle Hamilton is trying to unseat trustee John Crowley, who used to oversee the San Marcos district’s cafeterias and currently has the same job for Dripping Springs ISD.
The only other trustee up for re-election this cycle, District 4’s Kathy Hansen, did not draw an opponent in her bid for a third term.
The marque matchup on the ballot is two bond propositions totaling nearly $77 million.
Prop. 1 — totaling $58,580,000 — includes renovations at three elementary and two middle schools; construction of new facilities for pre-Kindergarten and the Phoenix Learning Center on Texas 123; an expansion of the Support Services facility that houses transportation and maintenance operations; and an extracurricular activities center at San Marcos High School.
Prop. 2 would authorize the district to borrow $18.4 million to build a 8,000-seat stadium at the high school for football and other sports.
» Find all of the Mercury’s school district election coverage here, including guest columns and letters.