Almost 55 percent of Conroe ISD voters on Saturday opposed an $807 million bond proposal intended to build new schools, manage growth and upgrade security — the first bond rejection in the district’s history. In Cleveland ISD, where an influx of 1,000 new students this year led to more than $3 million in portable building costs, 53 percent of voters rejected a $250 million bond package.
When it comes to the incorporation studies currently being done in The Woodlands Township, one of the most common statements members of the township’s board make in relation to the process is the need for transparency. Throughout the more than 14 months that the studies have been going on, questions have arisen about access to documents and reports about the data being analyzed.
The issue of how to handle the law enforcement needs for The Woodlands if the community does incorporate has gradually taken center stage as arguably the most debated, and criticized, element of the more than year-long incorporation studies.
The Woodlands Township board of directors said more time is needed before its incorporation study can yield conclusive answers about issues such as the cost of law enforcement services, but members of the board reiterated incorporation itself is not likely to go before voters this year.
“The Woodlands area has a very active cultural arts community with many offerings throughout the year,” township Director Ann Snyder said. “In my opinion, the market for the arts is large and growing in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. It appears there is a definite need and demand for cultural arts facilities.”
To address the increasing demand for cultural arts, the township is nearing completion on a study to determine if an arts center and natural science museum could succeed in The Woodlands.