Early voting in Thorndale city council, TISD bond election begins today

Early voting for city and school elections will begin on Monday, April 24.

Thorndale residents have several City Council races to decide while everyone will decide on the Thorndale ISD’s $12.5 million bond election.

In the race for Thorndale mayor Ryan Davenport and George Galbreath Jr. will face incumbent Allen Hejl.

Incumbent council members Larry Drabek and Stephanie Churchman have both filed for their current positions on the council. Charles Barnhill is running for a spot on the council.

Kim Biar was re-elected to her spot on the Thorndale ISD school board due to being the only person who filed for the spot. The TISD board is still making a decision on what to do with the position currently held by Trey Felton, as no one filed for the position.

Early voting will be held at the Thorndale ISD Administration office, 300 North Main, in Thorndale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24-28 and May 1. The polling location will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 26 and May 2.

Voting on May 6 will take place at the Thorndale Senior Citizens Center, 200 S. Cornelius, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City of Thorndale voters will also vote on the reauthorization of the sales and use tax at the rate of 1/4 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.

Voters will also decide on a $12.5 million bond put forth by Thorndale ISD.    

The scope of the bond includes a variety of projects that cover all campuses and departments in Thorndale ISD.

The bond includes the following:

- Remove all portable classrooms.

- Creating new secure entry vestibules at the elementary and middle school.

- Building a climate controlled hallway to connect elementary and current middle school campus.

- Building 12 new classrooms and new office space for the high school including new 830-seat gymnasium, which will be large enough to accommodate graduation ceremonies.

- Renovations to create new Special Education area in 4th and 5th grade hallway. 

- Renovate the existing band hall and add 1,500-square-foot addition. 

- Renovate the vocational agriculture building.

- Create new parking areas to replace parking lost to new construction.

- Remove the existing maintenance facility and build a new maintenance/transportation facility that will provide space for on-site bus and equipment repairs and maintenance.

- Build new football field house.

For more information about the bond, visit TISD’s website at thorndale.txed.net.