A recount Wednesday of votes in Joshua ISD’s $44.87 million bond election May 12 verified the original count: 622 for, 620 against.

The results of the recount ended as the district had hoped, Superintendent Ray Dane said.

“I’m glad to have the vote totals validated, so that’s a good thing,” he said. “I’m gratified to know that it was accurate.”

Charles Shipp, who petitioned and financed the recount, said he was satisfied with the recount.

“It was accurate; they did a good job,” he said. “We have no complaints.”

On May 23, Shipp paid the $140 fee and turned in a petition with his and 25 other signatures calling for a recount. He said the election results were so close they were worth re-examining to be sure.

Now that the totals have been confirmed, the district looks to begin work leading up to the sale of the bonds, Dane said.

“The board will proceed with working with our financial advisors so that we can make arrangements for the sale of the bonds,” Dane said. “We’re developing a time and task schedule for various projects and trying to get them lined out, so that we have a definite plan on the priorities of the projects.”

The approved bond package focuses on a new middle school for $16,825,000 and the conversion of Loflin Middle School into a ninth-grade facility.

Also included in the package are projects at the high school, including the relocation of the high school football stadium for $16.61 million. Numerous upgrades and increased parking are also included at all schools.

In November, the district had a $35.75 million proposed bond vote that failed, 1,218-1,191.

Philip Navarrette can be reached at 817-645-2441,

ext. 2337,

or reporter@trcle.com.

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