Mixed bag for school bonds

HARLINGEN — Voters rallied Saturday for and against school bond proposals worth millions that would pay for facility construction costs and upgrades.

Voters said no to La Feria’s $14 million bond issue. But that wasn’t the case for Rio Hondo’s $20 million or Santa Maria’s $9.4 million proposals. Both of those passed.

La Feria’s bond issue failed by a vote of 633 against to 375 for the proposal.

“The results were certainly very disappointing,” Superintendent Rey Villarreal said. “I believe that our students deserve the best learning environment that we can possibly provide as a community. In my opinion, we are falling short of that goal at this time.”

The bonds would have allowed the district to upgrade C. E. Vail Elementary School, including the replacement of inefficient and unusable buildings and upgrades to buildings that are still viable.

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School Bond elections

Number of qualified regristed voters who voted for the bond election in their town on May 7.

 La Feria 3,478

for 375

against 633


Rio Hondo  1,475

 for 80

against 42


 Santa Maria 919

for 99

against 31

 Source Cameron County Elections Department