Voters in Santa Fe during Tuesday’s election rejected a $110 million bond proposal that would have funded construction of a new junior high school, added a new wing to Santa Fe High School and paid for safety enhancements and roofing, heating and cooling projects across the school district.

“It’s disappointing, obviously, because we want the best for the students; but the voters have spoken,” Santa Fe Independent School District Board of Trustees President Rusty Norman was quoted as saying in an article in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News.

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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(12) comments

Robert Braeking

Here's a thought. 2 shifts would double the capacity of the district.

Carlos Ponce

Santa Fe tried that in the early 70s when a bond proposal was defeated. It led to a number of problems. The district was split in two. A student was assigned to either the East Zone or the West Zone dependent on home address.

Daniel Kitchener

Instead of building a new jr high with a capacity of 1500 students, add a wing on the existing jr high. Present jr has capacity of around 1200 students, so an addition of a classroom wing for 300 students solves growth problem at a much lower cost. Continue using existing gym and football field. Add on new technology to existing building. As for improvements to high school and big budget maintenance items, bring that back as a separate bond proposal. So next bond election would have two propositions, proposition A jr wing, and proposition B for high school and maintenance items.

David Smith

110 million to increase capacity by 300? The majority of the growth will be in the Northern half of the school district.. north of 517.Yet they want to build the school Adjacent to the existing one on warpath...

When asked about this.. I was told they will address that growth with ANOTHER bond election!!

Margaret Gardner .. if think this bond issue would only cost 260 dollars per household .. you're delusional.. You have not added the valuation the CAD Is going to hit you with..

And while we are on the subject.. it's time people over 65 pay nothing

Ted Gillis

Here’s an idea, cede the areas north of 517 to CCISD, and let them build the schools they need for growth and development. We obviously don’t want to.

Carlos Ponce

Ted, I voted for the bond issue but it was not well presented.

Daniel Kitchener

The Texas Education Agency TEA generally wouldn't allow that, also state laws would make it difficult. Although if Santa Fe doesn't improve it's academic ratings it maybe a mute point as the TEA could force merger like LaMarque. Santa Fe could be merged with Dickinson, Alvin or CCISD.

Ted Gillis

Didn’t CCISD, cede the Green Tee Terrace subdivision to Pearland ISD some time ago in the 70s because they couldn’t serve the students with a close enough school?

Carlos Ponce

No, Ted:

Galveston Daily News January 23, 1974 Page 6

Green Tea Terrace To Stay In CCISD


News Mainland Bureau

LEAGUE CITY—The Green Tee Terrace Subdivision in the Golf Crest area will remain in the Clear Creek School District, residents of the subdivision were told Tuesday night by the Clear Creek School Board.

Ted Gillis

Looking at a current boundary map clearly shows Green Tee Terrace within Pearland ISD, so something's happened since then.

Carlos Ponce

Not in the early 70's as you specified.

Galveston Daily News Tuesday May 7, 1985 Page 1

Pearland group seeks to leave Clear Creek district


News Staff Writer

GALVESTON — To get a high school diploma Clear Creek High students living in Pearland's Green Tee Terrace subdivision must travel 61 533miles, Jerry Kacal told Galveston County commissioners Monday.

Calling the lengthy commuting ridiculous, Kacal said he is part of a group seeking to end it by leaving the Clear Creek school district and joining the Pearland school district.

County commissioners agreed to hold public hearings on the request Wednesday, May 15, at the county courthouse.

Clear Creek ISD officials are seeking to have the secession denied.

He said students living in the subdivision must travel 20 miles daily to attend high school, passing through at least two other school districts.

"Our kids must pass through Pearland, Friendswood, Clear Creek and Webster to get to school,"Kacal said.

. "The residents of Green Tee Terrace live in the city of Pearland, shop in the city of Pearland, go to church in the city of Pearland, and some work in the city of Pearland, but we are not allowed to go to Pearland schools, all of which are within three miles of the subdivision,'' Kacal added.

County commissioners referred the motion to quash the deannexation petition over to County Attorney Harvey Bazaman, and set a deadline of Fri-day for amendments to the petition to de-annex.A hearing on the motion to quash will be held

Monday before county commissioners.Public hearings on the de-annexation petition will be held May 15 beginning at 9 a.m.

The motion to quash the de-annexation was signed by Raybourne Thompson Jr., of the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins.

Thompson said that the petition came before commissioners improperly and was insufficient as a matter of law since it lacked less than a majority of the 590 registered voters hi the subdivision.

For county commissioners to hear the petition, the petition needed at least 296 signatures of registered voters on it, officials said.

The CCISD attorney added that at least 100 of the 440 signers of the petition have indicated they wish to have their names removed from the deannexation petition. Kacal told commissioners that the petitions, as amended, do contain sufficient signatures. He said both Pearland ISO and Brazoria County commissioners have approved the de-annexation. "We have a clear majority of the qualified voters in the precinct who have signed the petition," he added.By state law, the petitioners must have approval of the commissioners court in which the school districts involved in de-annexation are located the attorney said.

The taxable value of the area seeking de-annexation is $48.3 million, which is .01286 percent of the $3.7 billion taxable value of the CCISD, Kacal said. CCISD has a total student membership of 18,854 students, Kacal said, of which 185 would have been affected last year by the de-annexation. That figure is now 204, or .0098 of the student population of the district, he added.

In the order setting the public hearing on the de-annexation, County Judge Ray Holbrook said if the petition is granted, Pearland ISD would assume a portion of the bonded indebtedness of the CCISD as determined by county commissioners in accordance with Texas Education Code provisions on de-annexation.

Kacal said if the de-annexation is approved all-around, Pearland ISD would pick up $84,231 of the outstanding bonded indebtedness of CCISD's total$87.2 million.

Ted Gillis

My specifics came from a girl that lived in Green Tee Terrace at the time in 1973, although she was a student of Mt. Carmel High School then, she teased me that if she went to the public school she was zoned to we may have been able to see each other ever day, Ha!

The de-annexation story came from her dad, who said the residents were petitioning for the subdivision be removed from CCISD, so I figured it happened around that time, not 12 years later.

Good reporting Carlos.

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