AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin voters saw a number of Austin ISD items on their ballot, including three bonds and board of trustee candidates.
Propositions A, B and C passed, with A and B garnering over 70% of the vote, and C collecting 58% of the vote.
Austin ISD propositions
The district will now spend $2.44 billion to improve aging facilities and add new modernized schools. AISD will also add new technology and new athletic facilities.
Voters saw three propositions on the ballot:
- Proposition A: General Purpose ($2,316,025,000) PASSED (188,566 votes (72.55%) for to 71,331 (27.45%) against)
- Proposition B: Technology ($75,541,000) PASSED (185,761 votes (72.09%) for to 71,909 (27.91%) against)
- Proposition C: Stadiums ($47,434,000) PASSED (148,805 votes (58.10%) for to 107,327 (41.90%) against)
Aging facilities are costing the district millions of dollars in repairs, AISD said, adding money that could instead be going toward teachers and staff. New facilities could also attract more students and teachers to the district.
KXAN sat down with AISD’s chief of operations to find out more about the bond proposals in September and has the interview on our website.
School board candidates
The Austin ISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven single-member districts with two at-large positions. This year, districts 1, 4, 6, 7 and the trustee at-large for position 9 are open. District 7 only has one candidate running.
Elected Board members will be in charge of choosing the next superintendent, setting district policies and voting on a budget. They may call for a bond or tax rate election.
Here are the candidates running.
Candance Hunter won this district with 64.40% of the vote (13,475 votes) against Roxanne Evans (7,449 votes or 35.60%).
Kathryn Whitley Chu won this election with 70.62% of the vote (28,504 votes) against Clint Small (11,859 votes or 19.38%).
Andrew Gonzales beat out incumbent Geronmino Rodriguez Jr. by garnering 66.29% of the vote, or 18,464 votes. Rodriguez got 9,389 votes or 33.71%.
- David Kauffman
At-Large Position 9
Incumbent Arati Singh won this position with 67.09% of the vote (134,090 votes) against Heather Toolin (65,778 votes or 32.91%).