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School bond passes with 59 percent of vote

School bond passes with 59 percent of vote

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ASHLAND – Unofficial election results show the $59.9 million school bond issue for Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools has passed with an estimated 59% of the vote.

In Saunders County, unofficial results as of Monday show 1,374 votes were cast for the bond issue and 984 against. In Cass County, there were 524 votes for and 345 against. There were no votes cast in Sarpy County, which contains a small parcel of land in the Ashland-Greenwood School District. The total votes were 1,898 for and 1,329 against. Official election results will be certified at a later date by all counties involved.

“I/we feel extremely blessed and fortunate to be a part of a group of communities that supports our school district in such a positive manner,” said Jason Libal, superintendent of schools, after the results were released. “Our district is so very excited to move forward on the new facilities and to witness the profound and positive impact they will have on the education of our students.  It is truly a great time to be a Bluejay!” 

The $59.9 million in general obligation bonds would be used to pay for the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school with a competition gym and fine arts auditorium.

The Board of Education sought the school bond because of overcrowding and projected rising enrollment as population growth continues in the school district.

The proposed project will build a facility for pre-kindergarten to second grades designed to accommodate six sections per grade and three pre-k classrooms. A new middle school will also be set up for six sections per grade with a high school competition gym, wrestling rooms and locker rooms. The plan would be for the middle school to convert to the high school in future years. A fine arts auditorium is also attached to the proposed middle school.

The proposed location for the entire project is north of the existing middle school/high school. The estimated completion of the elementary school would be in the fall of 2022, with the new middle school opening to students one year later.

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