Third time is charm for Alpine school bond issue

ALPINE – It took three tries but the Alpine Independent School District finally got a bond issue approved Tuesday to finance a brand-new high school building.

Voters narrowly agreed to a $22.588 million price tag, the biggest share of which would build a new academic building for Alpine High School, which was built in the early 1970s and has numerous safety problems.

The issue carried with 1,644 voting for and 1,602 against, a 42-vote difference.

Of the total, $19.2 million is dedicated to a new structure immediately north of the existing building, where classes will remain until the new one is completed. Then the old building will be demolished, leaving empty space for future expansion.

The program also includes additional shop space, a girls’ locker room equal to the boys in compliance with Texas Title IX requirements and renovations and additional storage space to the band hall.

A 2011 election for the high school plus athletic facilities failed by 85 percent. The school district, which used Sul Ross State University’s Lobo Field to host football games, later used existing revenue to renovate Buck Stadium.

In May, voters turned down a $29.5 million issue by about 52 percent. The winning bond issue contained much of what was in the May issue but excluded about $7 million, the biggest share of which would have built a second gym.