Bridgeport voters approve $8.9 million school bond issue

Bridgeport school district voters Tuesday approved an $8.9 million bond issue that will provide new classrooms for grades four through six and improve a school complex supporters say is very outdated.

Morrill County Clerk Kathy Brandt says the final vote was 549 in favor to 404 against, which equates to 57.6 percent in support. The voter turnout was 56 percent.

Michelle Deaver with the "Our Kids first" committee said the group was "elated" with the outcome. Deaver said educating the public was the key, saying "The time was now. Our school was in such bad shape and everybody knew it."

Deaver said they had opposition, especially from the rural areas where additional property taxes were an issue. But she emphasized, "We had some big farmers behind us, and we always came back with the facts and the right numbers, and you can't argue with the facts."

In addition to the classrooms, the project includes a commons area, a new 640-seat auditorium, a competition gymnasium with locker rooms, concessions, a weight room, wrestling room, energy efficient windows, lighting and HVAC system, storage rooms, and parking areas.

The proposal will also re-purpose existing classrooms into one office for high school, elementary and administration, and there will be only be one secure entrance into the K-12 school.

The 30-year-bond would equate to about $120 annually per $100,000 of valuation.

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