The Gardner Edgerton School District $29.7 million bond issue proposal was approved by voters on Feb. 2, with the unofficial ballot results being 1,946 “Yes” votes (58.90 percent) and 1,358 “No” votes (41.10 percent).
A total of 12,607 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Gardner and Edgerton on Jan. 13. Voters had until noon Feb. 2, to return their ballots. Voter turnout was approximately 26.24 percent, with 3,304 ballots returned.
“I believe the support for the bond issue is a vote of confidence by our parents, community partners and patrons,” said Pam Stranathan, USD 231 superintendent. “The passage of this bond means greater educational opportunities for our students and greater opportunities for their future success.”
The $29.7 million bond issue will fund a new wing addition and renovations to the high school, a stand-alone Advanced Technical Center for enhanced career and technical courses, a TRAILS (Transition Readiness and Independent Living Skills) facility for our 18-21 young adults with disabilities, various capital improvements and technology needs.
“The 2016 bond issue represents a turning point for Gardner Edgerton schools, and will help shape our school district academically and provide much needed space for our growing enrollment,” said Stranathan.