"Voters OK $88.2M VVISD bond issue" by: Jessica Shepard

   The $88.2 million Van Vleck bond issue was approved by a 64 percent to 35 percent margin in a general election Tuesday that drew only 10 percent of Matagorda County’s voters.
   Of the 1,159 votes cast in the bond election, 752 votes, or 64.88 percent, were for, with 407 votes, or 35.12 percent, against.
   The $88.2 million bond issue will fund a new elementary, junior high and high school – plus several district-wide renovations and improvements, including new school buses.
   “We are ecstatic and overjoyed,” said Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “We’re truly thankful for everyone in our community – for our voters that came out and supported the students, staff and community as a whole. 
   “The last time Van Vleck passed a bond was in 1972.”
   The 2014 Van Vleck school bond election failed by only 200 votes, with 818 against and 619 in favor.
   “Our next step is to find an architecture firm for our projects and then move forward,” he said.
   “We hope to have an architect before Christmas and are very excited about this new chapter in Van Vleck history.”
   Overall there are 22,511 voters in Matagorda County and only 2,145 participated in the general election.
   That number is less than10 percent of county voters who either voted early or showed up at the polls Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
   “It’s a really low turnout,” said County Clerk Janet Hickl.
   “Even with Van Vleck’s bond election, the numbers were still low. We have elections coming next March and are unsure of how to increase voter turnout.”

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