Savoy voters reject $4 million school district bond

SAVOY, Tex. (KXII) -- An over $4 million bond failed to pass Tuesday night in Savoy, so several projects like renovated parking lots and a new track are put on hold in their school district.

"We just now got our head above water, we shouldn't go back under," said Dana Melugin, who voted against the bond.

Melugin was on the Savoy ISD school board for three years.

She said there's already a bond that won't be paid off until August 2024, from one in 1997 to build the high school for several million dollars.

"I thought that they should wait until they get the current bond paid off until they ask for more money," Melugin said.

This week the proposed bond for the school district failed by 43 votes.

"I think it stood for growth in Savoy," said Bobby Defir, who is for the bond.

He's talking about the facility, security and extracurricular upgrades included in the bond, which was more than $4 million, adding about $6 per month for every $100 thousand your property is worth.

It would have paid for a new weight room, track, bus land and awning, upgrades to the science labs and many more items.

The district just increased property taxes in 2015 for school maintenance, Melugin said that should be enough.

"There's so many more things they can do with that. And then when that first bond's paid off, by all means ask for more," she said.

"It's really a shame to see that people that have been here years and years and years just don't want it to grow any bigger than it is now," Defir said.

Defir's wife works at the school and his third kid is getting ready to graduate from Savoy High School.

"I was very disappointed," he said.

"Obviously I was happy that it went the way I thought it should go. But some of the things are needed, and I think they can be done," Melugin said.

For now, the superintendent said they'll ask for input from the community about what to do next.