Follow the money: Conroe ISD’s $807 million spending free-for-all bond set for voter referendum on May 4

Follow the money: Conroe ISD’s $807 million spending free-for-all bond set for voter referendum on May 4

Conroe, April 30 – Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) $807 million bond and tax hike has nothing to do with improving educational outcomes, according to CISD in writing. CISD’s own demographic study shows that the bond is wholly unnecessary based upon student enrollment growth, because the school district has sufficient capacity at least through 2028.

Who are the true interested parties in CISD’s $807 million bond? Follow the Money!

On April 26, 2019, CISD’s Facilities Planning Committee – selected as the future political action committee for this bond referendum – which now operates under the name “Community for Conroe ISD’s Future” filed a Campaign Finance Report with the Texas Ethics Committee.

There are two particularly interesting aspects of who gave the $29,250, the pro-bond committee reported for the period from March 26, 2019, through April 24, 2019, a period of only four weeks. It turns out that $28,500 of the $29,250, or 97.4%, came from current or prospective vendors of CISD, while only $600, or 2%, of the contributions came from citizens of Montgomery County who would have to pay the 61.7% CISD-projected tax hike!

There are two particularly interesting aspects of who gave the $29,250, the pro-bond committee reported for the period from March 26, 2019, through April 24, 2019, a period of only four weeks. It turns out that $28,500 of the $29,250, or 97.4%, came from current or prospective vendors of CISD, while only $600, or 2%, of the contributions came from citizens of Montgomery County who would have to pay the tax hike!

The biggest individuals contributions came from Steven Percival, the Chief Executive Officer of Durotech, a CISD vendor and general contractor, who contributed $3,750. Percival lives in Houston. David Marshall of Houston also gave $2,500. David Marshall owns Marshall Construction, which is the builder of the 2015 bond schools Clark Intermediate, Suchma Elementary, and Stockton Junior High.  Marshall Construction also built College Park High School.

The shocking aspect of the pro-bond campaign contributions was the portion from corporations, $22,250:

  • $7,500.00 from Ellisor Constructors, a general construction contractor of Kingwood
  • $7,500.00 from GTT, Inc., a general construction contractor of Conroe and current CISD vendor
  • $3,750.00 from Durotech, a general construction contractor of Houston and current CISD vendor
  • $2,500.00 from Brookstone Construction Managers, a general contractor of Houston and current CISD vendor
  • $1,000.00 from Dally & Associates, a civil engineering firm of Houston.

The Committee spent $32,671.82 during the reporting period.

Meanwhile, one hundred percent (100%) of Children’s Hope PAC’s contributions, $24,152.94, during the reporting period came from private citizens whose interest in the $807 million bond and tax hike election is to oppose the bond and tax hike for the benefit of all. Children’s Hope PAC does not accept contributions from corporations.

CISD’s vendors recognize they’re the big winners, if the $807 million bond and tax hike passes, while local citizens will foot the bills.

 

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