The Turner Public School district will build a new Oak Grove Elementary School, with the passage of a $19.5 million bond issue on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Voting ended at noon today.
The bond issue passed by a two-to-one margin, with 33.5 percent of the registered voters in the district casting a vote in the mail-in election.
Assistant Election Commissioner Frances Sheppard confirmed today that the unofficial vote was 1,842 for and 837 against the bond issue. It was almost 69 percent in favor.
"We’re obviously just very excited," said Jason Dandoy, assistant superintendent for the Turner Public Schools. "We believe the improvements are much needed and the community will be very happy with the outcome. The new Oak Grove Elementary and the new Junction School cafeteria as well as the safety and security upgrades, are all items we will be able to move forward with and provide a better learning environment for our kids."
The Oak Grove school is expected to cost around $15 million, and would be completed by the 2015-2016 school year.
Besides the new elementary school on the site of the existing school, Turner district officials stated earlier that the money will also be used for safety and security upgrades to all schools; updates to the school library and media centers to support digital learning; and security, heating and cooling improvements at the administrative service center. A new cafeteria at Junction Elementary School also is part of the plan.
District officials earlier promised that the property taxes in the district would not be increased because of the bond issue.