The second Straw Vote on the high school project took place on Wednesday, December 14th at the Hight School Commons. There were two questions put forth to voters, both overwhelmingly approved by those in attendance. We had a great turn out, with 143 residents attending and voting in this important step. I am so grateful to all of those who attended, and last night had several competing events!
The first question asked if the Board should be authorized to build and equip a new high school with the state funds provided, and an additional $6,208,354 local only funding and fundraising with all the items recommended except the turf field. The items not funded and included in question one involve the additional 6 classrooms, additional gym, extra insulation, etc. The vote was 138 Yes and 5 No.
Question two asked, if question one was approved, if the Board should proceed with a synthetic turf field as a locally funded part of the project. As anticipated, some reduction in approval took place with the results 111 Yes and 28 No.
Straw Vote results are not binding, but will be taken to the State Board of Education to show the level of support for our project. We anticipate that this presentation will occur. This will be the second of four approvals sought from the State Board of Education!
We have a highly involved and dedicated staff, parents and community members on the Building Committee that also includes six subcommittees. These folks have put in countless hours in meetings, forums, and have done a remarkable job! We are committed to doing this project well, resulting in a school and fields that our students, staff and community deserve and can be proud of for years to come!
Thank you to all who have participated in the process, including those attending the Straw Vote.