Voters in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains voted to support bonds for several school districts on Tuesday night, with some passing by razor-thin margins.

In Dumas, voters approved a $107 million bond referendum to address school facilities, classroom spaces, and “energy efficiency projects.” The bond will also fund three new replacement elementary schools, according to Dumas ISD. That bond passed by a 20-vote margin, with 1,189 voters supporting the item and 1,169 voting against it.

Sunray voters also saw a close contest for the $9.5 million Sunray ISD bond. One vote decided the election: 167 voters backed the bond, while 166 voters voted against, according to election results from KFDA-TV. This bond will fund several district renovations and the construction of a career and technical facility at Sunray High School.

Meanwhile, Darrouzett and Gruver ISD voters backed bonds for their school districts more convincingly. In Darrouzett, voters approved a $2 million bond for the district, 56-44 percent, while Gruver voters backed a $7.2 million bond by a 75-25 percent margin.

In Hale County, voters backed a $76.6 million bond for Plainview ISD, with the bond passing 61-39 percent.

The only major school district bond shot down in the Panhandle area on Tuesday night was for Lefors ISD; voters defeated a $3 million school district bond, with 54 percent voting against.

Thomas Warren

Thomas Warren, III is the editor-in-chief of the Amarillo Pioneer newspaper in Amarillo, Texas.