Canyon Lake Voters Reelect Garner to Comal ISD Board of Trustees but Pass on CLHS Stadium Improvements

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Image courtesy of Comal ISD.
Image courtesy of Comal ISD.

Incumbent Russ Garner easily beat challenger Garrison Maurer in the race for Comal ISD trustee, Single Member District 4 on Saturday.

Garner won with 1,303 votes or 63.78% of the vote on Election Day to Maurer’s 740 votes or 36.22% of the votes.

SMD 4 covers portions of the Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake high-school feeder patterns and includes partial attendance zones of Bill Brown Elementary School, Johnson Ranch Elementary School, Mountain Valley Elementary School, Mountain Valley Middle School, Smithson Valley Middle School and Startzville Elementary.

Canyon Lake-area voters appeared to take a pass on Comal ISD’s  $46,94,984 bond Proposition B, which would have addressed stadium safety improvements at Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) and a bleacher expansion and fieldhouse at Davenport High School, which has seen higher-than-expected enrollment since it opened in 2020.

However, voters approved bond propositions A and C on the May 6, 2023 ballot.

According to numbers released by the district, approximately 55% of voters approved Proposition A, 59% opposed Proposition B and 53% of voters approved Proposition B.

Proposition A authorizes the district to sell $560,564,863 in bonds to address continued district growth in the way of three new elementary schools to provide capacity relief to Bill Brown, Johnson Ranch, Oak Creek and Freiheit Elementary Schools, and a new middle school to relieve Canyon Middle School.

Also funded by Proposition A is a new Life Bridges campus to help young adults with disabilities increase their independence in family and community settings.

More than $17 million of Proposition A will fund safety and security projects throughout the district.

Other projects funded from Proposition A include capital projects at existing campuses that support student programs, facility infrastructure projects such as roofs and HVAC systems to maintain the operational integrity of the campuses, buses to replace aging units, and land for future schools.

Proposition C authorizes the district to sell $28,000,000 in bonds to fund the purchase of student learning devices, classroom audiovisual equipment, and technology infrastructure across the district.

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