East Union school bond passes

AFTON — A $4.06 million bond issue for the East Union School District passed with a 562-310 vote Tuesday.

Unofficial totals show 64 percent of the votes were in favor of issuing the general obligation bonds, which will go toward an addition to the middle/high school building. The proposition needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.

About 43 percent of the East Union School District's 2,031 registered voters cast their ballot on the proposition.

Union County Board of Supervisors will canvass the results Friday, and provisional and absentee ballots could still be added to the totals.

East Union Superintendent Dr. Pam Vogel was pleased with the preliminary results.

"People I talked with last night were very happy," she said. "East Union can move forward and build a building that will suit students."

Vogel said there is no definite timeline for the $5.2 million addition, but she hopes ground can be broken next spring, with a tentative completion date of fall 2011.

After the addition is finished, students from Joyful Sparks Preschool, East Union Primary building and portable classrooms at the middle/high school would move into the new classrooms. A multipurpose room and additional remodeling and improvements will also be funded by the bonds.

The next step for the district will be to establish public meetings to discuss plans for the addition before meeting with an architect.

"We will be looking for input to make sure we have a building that reflects the needs of our community and the needs of our kids," said Vogel.

The idea of issuing general obligation bonds for a new addition surfaced after a state fire marshall's inspection listed multiple fire safety, handicap accessibility and asbestos abatement violations at the middle/high school and primary buildings last fall.

East Union voters had previously denied four separate attempts for a bond issue at the school.