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Education

April 4, 2013

Voters approve Moravia school bond issue

CENTERVILLE — Eligible voters in the Moravia Community School District on Tuesday, April 2 with polls open from 12-8 p.m. passed the school's bond issue to expand the facility.

Appanoose County Auditor Linda Demry Tuesday night said the unofficial results show the bond issue passed. Demry said 376 voted for the measure and 184 voted against the measure, which passed by 67 percent.

A bond issue requires 60 percent plus one vote to pass.

The ballot statement approved by voters reads: "Shall the Board of Directors of the Moravia Community School District in the Counties of Appanoose, Davis, and Monroe, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,500,000 to provide funds to build, furnish, and equip additions to its existing facility and related remodeling, and to improve the site?

The school's first attempt to to expand, called public measure A, failed as 217 voted for the measure and 222 voted against the measure during a special school election on Sept. 11, 2012. Public measure A was a $3.5 million bond issue to construct five new classrooms with restrooms and a freestanding gym.

The passed plan for the expansion of Moravia schools includes the construction of a new gymnasium connected to the northwest side of the existing complex and includes a weight room, wrestling room and home locker room. Six new classrooms with two restrooms and an utility room connected to the elementary side of the existing building would be devoted to grades four through six.

The district's bonding plan calls for the use of $1 million in LOSST money and $2.5 million in bonds for a total cost of $3.5 million.

The Moravia Community School District held information meetings Feb. 11, March 11 and March 26 to present their proposed school building addition and bonding plan.

According to Moravia schools, an increase of students means there is a need for more space for both classrooms and extracurricular activities. According to information released by the school district, with the 20-year old bond for the elementary wing paid in full this year and all-time low interest rates, now is an ideal time for the school district to add more space.

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