Carthage School Bond Issue Passes

Published 04/09 2014 06:10PM

Updated 04/09 2014 06:19PM

CARTHAGE, MO.--- Carthage school leaders are thanking the voters after a bond issue passed in yesterday's election. Today, signs outside of the school facilities read "Thank You Voters." As we reported last night, the $18 million no tax-increase bond issue passed with more than 1,300 votes yesterday. 

The bond will allow the district to construct a 4th and 5th grade center, as well as re-purpose and renovate the current middle school, which will become the junior high school, and re-purpose the junior high as a 6th grade center. The 4th and 5th grade center and repurposed junior high school will both have a tornado safe area. School leaders say it will be a benefit for students, teachers, and the community.

"We feel like the community and the patrons have embraced our vision, and they know what we are trying to get done and they are very supportive," said Dr. Blaine Henningsen, Superintendent. 

"I think the voters have shown that they are committed and they care about their children and their grand children," said Elizabeth Streich, Carthage School Board Member. 

The superintendent says their next step is to meet with the Board of Education on April 21st to certify the election results, then they will begin working with architects to finalize the plans and get the project underway.

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