The $85 million bond for Pleasanton ISD was voted down by 127 votes in the May 11 election with 477 voting for and 604 voting against (this is unofficial until the votes are canvassed). The district will now have to prioritize and rework the general budget to allow for security, upgrades to facilities and replacing aged out technology equipment (to name a few), while maintaining competitive salaries.
According to PISD superintendent Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith, another bond will most likely be presented again in November.
“We will meet with focus groups and try to hear their concerns and to communicate the reality that is PISD right now. People should be counting their blessings for the last seven years of having reduced taxes while other districts kept their higher rates, and now be willing to step up and join surround ing districts that are caring for their schools. Our tax rate AFTER the bond would be comparable or less than Poteet, Somerset, Jourdanton and La Vernia,” commented Clinesmith.
Reactions, both pro and con, were plenty on the Pleasanton Express Facebook page after the results were posted Saturday evening. Please see page 6 for a sampling or visit the Express Facebook page.
Pleasanton, District 6
Jeanne Israel kept her council seat from contender Roel Marez. Israel received 100 votes and Marez received 41.
The new mayor for Poteet will be Larry Cantu (unopposed), who received 174 votes.
Incumbent Denise Leal Sanchez (Alderman Place 5) received 142 votes. Raymond G. Leal Jr. received 78.
For the vacated Alderman Place 4 seat, votes for candidates Rick T. Flores Sr and Vanessa Saylor ended in a tie. Both received 113 votes.
A re-count will take place, though the date has not been determined. If the count remains the same, a second election will be scheduled.