New Franklin voters overwhelmingly voted to accept a no-tax $3 million bond measure for the New Franklin R-1 School District. The school will receive a new gym, locker room, lobby, parking lot improvements in addition to making the school ADA accessible and more secure.

New Franklin voters overwhelmingly voted to accept a no-tax $3 million bond measure for the New Franklin R-1 School District. The school will receive a new gym, locker room, lobby, parking lot improvements in addition to making the school ADA accessible and more secure.
“The Board, Administration, staff and especially the students of the New Franklin R-1 School District sincerely thanks all of the voters and community members that helped us pass our bond issue on Tuesday, which will help us continue to grow and shine as a school,” New Franklin R-1 Superintendent David Haggard stated. “We know that it takes a whole community to accomplish this type of task and that was certainly evident this time. Because schools are very limited in their actual input with election issues, it was truly the efforts of the many different community groups and committees that made this accomplish possible.”
Haggard laid out the next step regarding the future of the school.
“The next step in this process is to develop our final planning details and then complete the bidding process so that we can hopefully see some actual construction taking place shortly after school starts next fall. I have been told that once the actual construction part is started, barring anything out of the ordinary, the project should be completed within a 12 month period, which would be sometime early in the 2017-18 school year,” Haggard stated.
The debt service will remain at 0.7002.
The architectural firm of Porter, Berendzen & Associates, of Ashland, are completing plans for the project.
The bond measure passed with 384 voting in favor and 97 voting against.