Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jacksonville voters approve millage for new school district

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:01 AM

One more election from last night: In Jacksonville, voters approved a 7.6 mill property tax hike to pay for construction of facilities in the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District.

The vote was 55 - 45, with 3,798 people turning out. That's a 21 percent turnout for the 17 precincts that voted on the issue.

The JNPSD will fully detach from the Pulaski County Special School District on July 1, if all goes as planned

For background on the Jacksonville millage and what it will do, Chris Hickey at KUAR had a fine roundup last week. 

Here's a statement posted to the district's website:

The Board of Education and the Administration of the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District express heartfelt thanks to the community for its continued support and investment in the education of our students. You have shown us time and again that you stand behind us and believe in what we are doing.

With the passing of this millage, we will significantly improve the face of JNPSD. A new high school, a new elementary school and multi-purpose rooms for our other elementary schools—things we could only dream of a few years ago—will now be a reality.

Again, thank you for your support of students, staff, and the schools of Jacksonville North Pulaski School District! 

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