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Bond referendum for new school backed by the voters of North Polk

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By Terry Davis | Mar 19, 2020

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North Polk High School | Rochon Corporation

The North Polk school district turned to voters during a special election on March 3.

The Board of Education requires extra funding to meet the growing needs of students in the area. Voters approved a bond referendum which will pave the way for a new elementary school and an addition to the current high school.

The bond referendum means that $15 million in general obligation bonds will be sold to fund the project. Polk County has experienced a population boom and expects student enrollment to grow by 27% in the next nine years.

Superintendent Dan Mart spoke about the needs of the referendum for the county and the need of accommodating its growth for education.

“In my opinion, this is a pretty straightforward addition and remodeling, Nothing fancy — we don’t have the funds for anything fancy," Mart said. "It’s just getting done what we need to get done to accommodate our growth. And by all accounts, we will continue to grow.”

According to Who TV, 87.88% of voters voted to approve the referendum, while 12.22% voted against it. 

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