Voters approve $86 million bond package for Manor schools

7:05 p.m Saturday, May 7, 2016 Local

Voters approved the Manor school district’s $86 million bond package Saturday night, according to unofficial election results.

With all precincts reporting, 896 votes, or 66 percent, were cast for the single proposition, with 462 votes (34 percent) against.

Because of continued growth around the 8,873-student district, issuing the bonds is not expected to change the district’s tax rate.

The bond package includes $25.9 million for district-wide projects, $21.1 million for the second phase of Manor New Tech High School, $17 million in technology upgrades, $12.1 million for the second phase of Manor Senior High School, $3.9 million for the second phase of Manor New Tech Middle School, $3 million for 30 new buses and $3 million for auxiliary projects.

The second phase for Manor Senior High School includes additional gym seating, a fine arts classroom, a field house and tennis courts.

Manor New Tech’s second phase includes classroom additions, renovations to the cafeteria and upgrades to the stadium, among other things.

Bond projects at Manor New Tech Middle School’s include classroom additions and a practice field.

Districtwide projects include security updates, energy upgrades and improvements to heating and cooling systems.

Voters approved in 2014 the district’s $124.9 million bond package to build a middle school and elementary school, among other projects.