(Neb)-Gering School Bond Passes With 70% Support
GERING - Gering's reputation as a community that can't pass school bond issues looks to be a thing of the past.
Voters yesterday overwhelming approved a $24-million dollar bond issue to expand and renovate Gering High School just 7 years after passing one to build a new grade school. Yesterday's vote was 1,366 for and 544 against...almost 70%...on 25% voter turnout.
The bond will pay additions and renovations to the 51-year old high school building needed to bring the Gering district's freshmen from the junior high to the high school, a shift that backers say will open new educational opportunities for the 9th graders.
There was no organized opposition to the bond issue while the pro-bond “Vote Yes” committee ran an aggressive public information campaign.
Committee co-chairs Dr. Daryl Wills and Allison Judy thanked the community after the results were tallied for “stepping forward” with an overwhelming margin of support and “understanding it is time for this to happen.”
Judy credited the victory to “a combination of hard work and very thoughtful strategy" while Wills thanked in particular the core group of about 20 volunteers who attended every meeting and “worked as a team”.
Gering Superintendent Bob Hastings also thanked the volunteers for their hard work and the voters for recognizing the importance the schools.
Although there are general plans for the work, Hastings says the formal design phase will now begin immediately with a goal of having the project complete two years after groundbreaking. The new wing for the freshman, dubbed the 9th Grade Academy, will be the final part of the project.
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