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April 22nd, 2013
League holding forum on school board, bond elections


In the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters’ tradition of free-wheeling forums, two school board contenders will take audience questions next week about their candidacies and Superintendent Mark Eads will answer inquiries about the $77 million bond proposal.

league of women voters logoThe event is 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.

Incumbent John Crowley, 48, and challenger Michelle Pope Hamilton, 51, are running for the Place 5 seat, which encompasses downtown San Marcos and the Sierra Circle, Tanglewood, Highland, Ridgeway/Hillcrest, Alamo Heights, Holland Hills, Forest Hills and Spring Lake Hills neighborhoods. The district also includes the Country Estates subdivision and residential areas along Lime Kiln and Hilliard Roads north of town.

Crowley, the child nutrition director for the Wimberley and Dripping Springs school districts, was elected in 2009 with 115 votes in a shockingly low turnout year. Hamilton, a Texas State health and human performance professor, is director of the university’s Center for P-16 Initiatives.

Eads will offer a presentation on two bond propositions on the May 11 ballot. Prop. 1 would authorize the district to borrow $58.58 million for new, expanded and renovated campuses as well as a Student Activity Center at the high school for extracurricular activities. Prop. 2 would provide for the sale of $18.4 million in bonds for a new football stadium. Eads will take questions about the proposals following his presentation, league officials said.

For information, about the forum or League membership, call Jeannie Lewis at 512-353-2872.

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