Small Town, Big Future: Jones Bond Election Passes

The Jones School District voted on Tuesday to approve a $20.4 million dollar bond project. With an 85.8% pass rate, the community showed overwhelming support for this initiative. Voters in all ten precincts passed the proposal, with 577 people casting their vote.

“IT”S A GREAT DAY TO BE A LONGHORN! Thanks to the support of our wonderful community, the FUTURE at Jones Elementary School looks really AMAZING!”

Brooke Guthery, JES Principal

Contracts with LWPD, P.C and CMS Willowbrook were approved in May by the Jones Board of Education, pending voter approval of the bond proposal. Construction for the elementary school expansion could begin as early as the summer of 2020. The Bond Proposal includes the following projects:

Early Childhood Center

Cost: $17 million

Description: This project will be an expansion to the existing elementary school. A new Early Childhood Center will be added along with a new main entrance, new administrative offices, a special education classroom, and a multipurpose activity room that will be a certified storm shelter.

Football Stadium Renovations

Cost: $2.5 million

Description: This project will consist of several safety upgrades to Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium. New lighting will replace the outdated wooden poles and will remove powerlines strung overhead. New bleachers will be installed on the home and visitor sides, increasing seating capacity by over 50% and bringing the facility up to current ADA standards. Significant drainage issues on the field will also be addressed. If sufficient funds are available after these other projects are complete, synthetic turf will be added to the football field.

HVAC Systems

Cost: $800,000

Description: This project will upgrade HVAC systems at several of the school buildings. Current units are over 25 years old. Newer units be more efficient and reliable, lowering operational and maintenance costs.

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