Outstanding mail in ballots could make an impact in the results of Pottsboro’s school elections.
The ballots already counted in the races leave one with the impression that Pottsboro voters only supported one of the two school bonds on the ballot.
Grayson County Elections Administrator Deanna Patterson explained that the final outstanding mail in ballots will be counted on Monday.
“HB 1151 recently amended Election Code 86.007 to provide that ballots by mail received the day after Election Day must be counted and included in the final tabulation,” Patterson said via email. “The only mail ballots that are not included in the results at this point are mail ballots that will be received on Monday. The number of outstanding mail ballots that we have at this time could change results in Denison, Pottsboro ISD, Tom Bean and Whitesboro.”
If passed, Proposition A will provide a new elementary on Franklin Street and cost $23.8 million, a district-wide technology and security upgrade will cost another $1.4 million and renovation and expansion of the athletic and training facility at the high school will cost another $1.8 million.
Proposition B will cost $4.8 million for the construction of a safe room and storm shelter for each campus.
So far, votes show that voters cast 413 votes against Proposition A, which would mean it failed, if there aren’t mail in votes that swing that in the other direction.
And for Proposition B, the voters cast 447 votes in favor and 378 against.
The first bond would be a $13.83 monthly tax increase for the average home, which is valued at $160,000. The second proposal would add $3.11 on average, totaling $16.94 a month with both bonds.
School board seats
Bonds weren’t the only Pottsboro Independent School District-related election Saturday night. Pottsboro voters also picked school board members.
Voters gave Cindy Burch, who was running unopposed, 621 votes.
The other race is a little less clear. Voters were to select two of three candidates and the votes are pretty much split evenly between the three so far. Doyle Roy Jr. got 383 or 33.10 percent of the votes and Scott Galyon received 382 or 33.02 percent of the votes. Former Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum received 392 votes or 33.88 percent of the votes cast so far.
Pottsboro Superintendent Kevin Matthews did not immediately return phone calls seeking comments on the election Saturday night.