Voters say yes to school bond issues |

Voters say yes to school bond issues

RIFLE Both the $1.6 million mill-levy override and a $74.9 million bond issue for Garfield County School District Re-2 were approved by voters.”We very much appreciate the support of the voters and the parents throughout the school district,” said School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack.Ballot issue 3A, a $1.6 million mill levy override that will increase the annual operating budget for the district was approved by the unofficial final count of 3,202 to 2,585. The additional funds will be for new qualified teachers and staff, and to help cover increasing utilities and fuel costs throughout the district.Ballot issue 3B, a $74.9 million bond passed by an unofficial final count of 3,135 to 2,653. The funds will pay for a number of districtwide renovations to schools that have safety issues, and to ensure that the district continues to meet the demands of an ever-growing student population.”We look forward to continue working with the community and providing the students with the new learning facilities,” Pack said. “We just really appreciate the support from the public.”Districtwide renovations will include a replacement building for deteriorating Roy Moore Elementary in Silt, a new elementary school in Rifle, and a new middle school in New Castle. Major renovations are planned for Rifle High School and Riverside Elementary School in New Castle. Coal Ridge High School and Rifle Middle School will get classroom additions, and mechanical upgrades are planned for Wamsley Elementary in Rifle. Furnishings and equipment for the aforementioned facilities as well as improvements to the district’s existing transportation facility in Rifle are included, too.

PARACHUTE The $35 million bond issue for Garfield County School District 16 was approved by voters. The unofficial final count was 1,041 to 621. The race was closer than expected but, School District Superintendent Dr. Steve McKee was grateful for the positive support from the community.”I would just like to thank the voters of the county for supporting the bond measure,” he said.In early October, The Battlement Mesa Company’s manager, Eric Schmela, advised the school board that the company would donate a 25-acre parcel of land to the school district for the sight of the new middle school.With the gift of the new land being contingent on the passing of the bond issue, it gave voters the added influence to vote yes.”It was our intent to make the proposal clear and to make the community understand our needs,” McKee said. “It’s good to know that our community supports us.”Construction projects include repairs and improvements to Bea Underwood Elementary, reconstruction of L.W. St. John Middle School into an elementary facility and construction of a new middle school building to replace St. John. Also included is a new transportation facility near Grand Valley High School that will house a welding station for vocational programs and improvements to the Early Childhood Learning Center.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

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