DICKINSON — Voters approved the Dickinson Independent School District’s $56 million bond proposal, which passed with 76 percent support.

Nearly 1,000 people voted in Saturday’s election, with 735 voting for and 236 voting against the bond issue, according to complete but unofficial results.

“It is a great day for the students of Dickinson ISD,” Superintendent Vicki Mims said. “The voters once again came through for our children. Now our work begins.”

The vote means the district will be able to build a middle school and elementary school on property it owns on the west side of the district, on FM 517 between Calder Road and Cemetery Road.

The added bond debt will increase the district’s tax rate by about 3 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The tax rate is expected to increase from $1.54 per $100 of assessed value to $1.57. The debt will be paid off in 30 years.

The new schools are necessary because of ever increasing enrollment, district officials said. The district is one of the fastest growing school districts in the county. Enrollment, which stood at about 6,500 in 2003-04, is projected to surpass 10,000 by the start of the next school year.

The school district covers 61 square miles and housing growth on the west side of the district is responsible for the soaring enrollment.

The district had $223 million in debt on Aug. 31, the end of the last fiscal year.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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