LISD bond proposal narrowly rejected

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Ben Prengler

Although the Lovejoy ISD Bond Election fared well in early voting, it was ultimately rejected by a vote of 1,822 to 1,801.

Michelle Stoddart, Managing Editor

The Lovejoy ISD Bond Proposition was narrowly defeated by voters 1,822 to 1,801 in Tuesday’s election.  If the bond had passed, it would have provided the school district with nearly $76 million in funds for future expansion and improvements, with $31 million allocated for the high school.

“I’m very disappointed,” high school principal Gavan Goodrich said. “I know it’s going to impact students in the district.”

The Lovejoy ISD currently has a student population of 3,730 with it expected to grow to approximately 5,600 students in the next 10 years.

“The money that was going to be received because of the bond would have allowed us to expand our facilities,” Goodrich said. “Our student population is growing and in order to provide the best possible programming for our students, requires quality space, and in the short run, we’re going to have to be creative with the space we have.”

Among the school’s programs that would have benefitted from the bond passing: athletics and fine arts.  In the podcast below, The Red Ledger’s Adrian Moger talks to some of those that would have seen expanded facilities.