Muleshoe school renovations approved
Published: Monday, May 15th, 2006
Muleshoe voters overwhelmingly approved Saturday a $25 million bond for school district renovations and expansion. Also decided by vote Saturday were two seats on the Muleshoe, three seats on the Farwell and two seats on the Bovina School Boards and city council. Sixty-five percent of Muleshoe voters approved the bond, which will be used to help alleviate overcrowding at the schools, according to Muleshoe Superintendent Gene Sheets. According to Sheets, $15 million of the bond money will be used to renovate the Muleshoe High School auditorium which was built in 1950. Other areas of the high school will be completely rebuilt, he said. The remaining funds will be used to add a new wing at Dillman Elementary and build additional classrooms at DeShazo Elementary and Watson Junior High. The junior high school will also receive a new entrance to alleviate traffic problems, Sheets said. Approval of the bond will increase the school district’s tax rate approximately $375 annually for a home valued at $100,000. The superintendent said he was pleased by the bond election results. “This election showed our community really supports our schools,” Sheets said, “and values education.” Bailey County residents also voted to fill two places on the Hospital District Board of Directors. Zona Gatewood defeated incumbent president Mike Miller and Bob Donaldson defeated Wayne Pierson, according to Muleshoe Area Medical Center administrative assistant Lori Davis. Davis said the board is responsible for deciding employee policy and financial decisions exceeding $2,500. Other election results: • Incumbents Randy Mitchell, Roberta Howard and Mike Woods won the three Farwell School Board posts. • Ysleta Kittrell, Johnny Vidaurri and Wayne Gruben were elected by ordinance to the Farwell City Council due to no opposition. • Matt Hromas and Brian Cox were elected to the Bovina School Board. • Jessie Stone and David Curtis were elected to the Bovina City Council.
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