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Turn-out for Silsbee school bond vote reaches about 1,500
SILSBEE - by Lauren Huet
The 29 million dollar Silsbee school bond is up for vote again. This past May, only 615 people turned out to vote out of 10 thousand registered Silsbee voters, and the bond failed to pass by 13 votes.
For this November 5, election, the Support Silsbee Schools PAC and the Silsbee School Board hoped mobilizing voters would bring them a win.
As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Secretary of the Silsbee School Board, Jim de Garavilla, said more than 645 people had voted, and there were lines of people waiting to vote that were about 15 people deep. De Garavilla says 839 people voted early, making the total vote count about 1,500 so far.
This afternoon, a steady stream of voters flowed in and out of the First Assembly of God Church in Silsbee to vote on the school bond.
"I voted against the bond," said Robert Parish. "I think there are better ways to spend our money. It's always nice to have a Cadillac, but you need to fix what you got in this economy to make it work."
Another voter disagreed.
"I want the kids in my town to have good schools," said May Hepler, who has lived in Silsbee since 1960. "And even at my age, I want other kids to have what my kids had."
The chairman of the Support Silsbee Schools PAC, Janis Holt, says many people did not know the school bond was up for vote this past May. She says the PAC has made a concerted effort to get out the vote for this election.
"By visiting the schools in the car lines, passing out literature, just making sure that they did know that there was a bond issue and we're looking to get new schools for the kids," said Holt. "Because some of the conditions in the elementary schools now are just not really where we want our kids to be."
"Our goal this time is to have more voter awarenss," said de Garavilla. "Our early voting already passed our total vote last time. Approximately 839 people voted in early voting."
The polls close at 7 p.m. KFDM News will have election results later this evening.