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4/6/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
NE, Central approve ballot questions

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Construction of a new gym and science classroom addition at Northeast Community High School will begin this fall after district voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond issue to fund the facility project.

In a special election April 2, Northeast voters approved the bond issue by a margin of 77.4 percent to 22.6 percent, with 462 votes in favor and 135 votes against, according to unofficial election returns.

Voters also approved a 67-cent physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL), authorizing the district to levy up to 67 cents per $1,000 valuation for a period of 10 years to fund infrastructure needs.

The PPEL passed with 78.2 percent voter approval. There were 467 votes in favor of the PPEL and 130 votes against.

The bond referendum required 60 percent voter approval, while the PPEL required a simple majority vote.

Voter turnout was 28.1 percent, with a total of 597 votes cast. Eighty-five voters cast absentee ballots, and 512 people voted at the polls on election day.

With the successful vote, work will begin this summer to construct a new baseball field west of the elementary school. Construction of the gym and classroom addition, which will displace the current baseball field, will begin in September.

Preliminary design calls for construction of four science classrooms and a 1,500-2,000-seat gym, as well as new locker rooms, fitness room, weight room, concession facilities and parking.

The total size of the addition is estimated at 40,000 square feet.

Combined with a board-approved 33-cent PPEL, the voted PPEL will generate an estimated $175,330 per year for Northeast schools in the 2013/14 school year.. Superintendent Jim Cox has stated the funds will be used to cover increased maintenance costs associated with the facility addition.

PPEL renewed in Central school district

Voters in the Central Community School District came out at the April 2 special election to support 10-year renewal of the district's 67-cent PPEL.

The PPEL passed with 67.6 approval. Unofficial election returns show there were 347 votes for the proposition and 166 votes against.

A total of 513 voters cast ballots for a turnout of 7.7 percent.

Combined with a board-approved 33-cent PPEL, the voted PPEL will generate an estimated $461,400 for Central schools in the 2013/14 school year.

Central superintendent Dan Peterson has stated the levy is needed to pay for facility improvements that include roof replacements, air conditioning of classrooms, boiler repairs and improvements to life-safety systems, such as intercoms, video surveillance and alarm systems.

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