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Putnam City voters pass $80.6 M school bond issue

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Modified: November 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm •  Published: November 10, 2009
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WARR ACRES — Work crews soon will descend upon schools in the Putnam City School District.

Voters passed an $80.6 million bond proposal Tuesday that officials said will pay for 100 construction projects across the district.

Both measures received more than 73 percent of the vote, well above the 60 percent needed to pass.

"We're grateful to our community for keeping the best interests of students as a top priority," said Superintendent Paul Hurst. "We appreciate the support of the community and will dedicate ourselves to seeing that these projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner."

The largest and most expensive project on the list is building a new Arbor Grove Elementary School. About $14.5 million will be set aside for the 32-classroom school.

About $21.9 million will be split among the district's three high schools for various projects.

Most of the district's elementary schools will receive security improvements such as new entrances or cameras, as well as new roofing and other renovations.

The bond proposal will not raise taxes, school officials said.

Hurst and several members of the district's administration made a concerted effort to get the word out about the bond issue. Hurst himself spoke to more than 35 different civic groups, parent-teacher organizations and homeowners' associations in the weeks leading up to the election.

District spokesman Steve Lindley said the projects will begin in the spring and continue through 2014.