By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Dora schools Superintendent Steve Barron called Tuesday’s passing of a $1.5 million school bond issue a victory for Dora schools and the community.
In a district of little more than 400 voters, 91 people voted in favor of the bond and 34 voted against.
The money will be used to upgrade the school district’s facilities. Those who own property in the district will be affected by the bond for 10 years. The bond term is 2015-2025.
Barron was overwhelmed by the results.
“I am just ecstatic that it passed. It’s wonderful because we’ll be able to restore and keep things going here in this district,” Barron said.
He said renovation priorities include redoing the schools’ plumbing in the gyms and the ag shop. Renovating the heating and cooling system of the building where the preschool and kindergarten children study is also a priority.
“I’m very happy about it and I just want to thank the community for the great support,” Barron said. “We needed the funds to maintain what we have. I want to thank all the voters that came out and voted for it and thank them for their support and believing in Dora.”
School board President Kenneth Cox said the community stepped up and did a great thing for the district by voting in favor of the bond.
“I think it’s wonderful. I think they really care about what needs to be done to this school and taking care of the school and keeping the school open,” Cox said.
Cox said he understands and respects votes against the bond but says Dora schools is one of the top schools in the state, and people want to see the district maintain that reputation.
“I think it’s a great accomplishment and it says a lot about the folks in this district,” Cox said. “We have the best administration and teaching staff for a school of our size. The staff is a great tribute to our success, and if we didn’t have the staff we have, we wouldn’t be what we are today.”