Gainesville ISD 2023 November Bond Not Supported by Voters
According to unofficial results from the Cooke County elections office, Gainesville ISD’s $93,760,000 bond election failed to reach voter approval with 40.87 percent of voters in favor of Prop A and 34.29 percent in favor of Prop B.
The failed bond package would have generated funding for district-wide lifecycle upgrades on items such as HVAC and mechanical systems; improved safety and security; expansions and additions to address growth; and an auditorium at Gainesville High School.
As voters learned during the campaign, if both propositions had passed, the GISD tax rate was expected to be 17.32¢ higher than it was last year. The tax impact of this bond would have been offset by the unprecedented 15¢ decrease from last year’s rate of $1.0229, making it the lowest it has been in 18 years.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in the recent school bond vote. I understand that the outcome may not be what we had hoped for, and I share your concerns about the state of our schools,” said Superintendent DesMontes Stewart. “We will continue to work diligently to find alternative solutions to address our educational needs. Your feedback and involvement are crucial, and we remain committed to improving our schools for the benefit of our community and most importantly, our KIDS. Let's continue to collaborate and explore other options to ensure our children have the best possible learning environment.”
Gainesville ISD will provide regular updates to the community as we move forward from here. We encourage all community members to stay engaged by attending regular school board meetings, district presentations, and following along on the Gainesville ISD social media channels and websites.