Voters pass $21.8 million bond to improve Haskell schools


HASKELL, Texas - Get ready for construction in Haskell, f or the first time in Haskell CISD history, voters passed a bond Tuesday night for nearly $22 million.

Several additions and upgrades are on the way, including a new performing arts center, which the superintendent said will benefit not just the school, but the community as a whole.

"There were a few board members and I at the office waiting on the count, and it was jubilant," said Bill Alcorn, Haskell CISD superintendent . "We were giving high fives and it was awesome -- first time a bond's ever been passed and people stepped up for education."

"[The performing arts center] will be 528-seat, and will also give us the ability to have things like graduation and other activities not just from the school but from the community," Alcorn said.

The $21.8 million bond passed with 86 percent of the vote; 444 voted for the bond while 70 voted against it.

It'll also help pay for a new junior high cafeteria, a new gymnasium and a new 12-classroom wing for elementary students that will offer an extra level of safety.

"It's a shelter-type or tornado-type corridor, which has extra thick concrete walls and ceiling," Alcorn said.

They'll also resurface and add lighting at the track and put in new carpet at the elementary school.

"We're just going to try to make it go as far as we can and do the best and hope we make everybody proud," Alcorn said.

The superintendent said they hope to break ground in June and have construction finished for the 2019-2020 school year.

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