Rockwall Independent School District voters approved about $63 million for schools and related needs, but rejected nearly $18 million for sports facilities in Saturday’s bond election.

“The district respects and appreciates the community support and voter confidence in Rockwall Schools,” district spokeswoman Joy Greenwalt said. “The three-proposition bond program was designed to give taxpayers a choice in light of national, state and local needs.”

Proposition 1 passed with a vote of 2,517 to 1,505, a 62.58-percent margin. The $62.55 million issue includes:

• $31.37 million for two new elementary schools, the district’s 11th and 12th.

• $15.31 million for technology at all campuses so that the secondary schools are as up-to-date as Rockwall-Heath High School and the elementary schools are equivalent to Springer.

• $13.66 million for infrastructure at all campuses, including roofing, mechanical systems, wall coverings and electrical work.

• $4.83 million to purchase and develop property for five new elementary schools and a new middle school. A demographic update in February will help decide where those sites should be.

• $3.36 million to phase in full-day kindergarten at each elementary campus.

• $2 million to purchase 33 buses.

• $3.52 million as a contingency to cover cost increases or unforeseen issues.

The district predicts the average $184,665 home could see an increase of about $33.93 a year, or $2.83 a month, for the Proposition 1 bonds.

Rockwall ISD has about $11.5 million unissued from a 2001 bond election. Those funds are to be used to lower the cost of Proposition 1, which would have been $74.05 million without it.

Most bonds are paid back over a 30-year period. Rockwall plans to pay back its technology bonds in five years; 10 years for the buses.

Proposition 2 — $10.85 million to renovate Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium — failed by 55.22 percent in a vote of 2,218 to 1,799. The project was to include additional seating to accommodate 11,000 spectators; a new press box with an elevator, which is an Americans with Disabilities Act requirement; new field lights; additional restrooms and concessions; a new entry plaza into the stadium, which district officials said will help alleviate safety concerns; additional parking; a new ticket booth; and renovating the field house.

Nearly 55 percent of the voters rejected the $6.83 million natatorium in Proposition 3, which failed 2,209 to 1,812. The proposal included a 50-meter covered pool, eight lanes with a movable bulkhead, two 1-meter boards and a 3-meter diving board, limited spectator seating, storage and an equipment room. There were no plans for dressing facilities as the natatorium would have been placed at Utley Freshman Center or Rockwall-Heath High School, and both already have dressing rooms.

A total of 4,033 ballots were cast.

“We want to express our appreciation to Rockwall Citizens for Good Schools for their dedicated work and support of our schools and community,” Greenwalt said.

The district has planned bond issues in two phases. Rockwall ISD could see another bond election in May 2007, with the first proposals to the school board by October.

“We value the opinion of our taxpayers and always seek their support,” Greenwalt said. “Rockwall ISD will continue to evaluate the goals of our 20/20 Vision Plan as we address growth and student needs for the May 2007 bond program.”

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