The final numbers are in and a $24 million bond issue to renovate Gering High School has passed.
Scotts Bluff County Clerk Vera Dulaney says the final numbers from Tuesday’s vote were 1,366 in favor of the bond issue and only 544 against. There was a very respectable 25% voter turnout for the special election.
The bond issue is scheduled to fund an addition that will move 150-170 ninth graders to the high school and make needed renovations to the 51 year old school.
“Vote Yes” committee co-chairs Dr. Daryl Wills and Allison Judy thanked the community for “stepping forward” with an overwhelming margin of support and “understanding it is time for this to happen.”
Judy said it is was “a combination of hard work and very thoughtful strategy. Dr. Wills thanked the volunteers, which he said was a strong 20 people that attended every meeting and “worked as a team”.
Superintendent Bob Hastings said Gering “recognized the importance of our schools” and thanked the volunteers who worked on the project from the very beginning. Hastings said the design phase will begin immediately and it will be a good two years from breaking ground to completion, with the addition of the ninth grade academy the last thing to be done.