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$80 Million school bond fails in Linn-Mar district

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MARION (KWWL) -

UPDATE:

Linn-Mar Community School District failed to pass the $80-million bond vote:.  Here is the breakdown:

YES: 3,088 (52.8%)

NO:  2,759 ( 47.2%)

60% Needed:

Failed

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Voters have been heading to the polls today to decide whether to pass an $80 Million Linn-Mar school bond. 

The bond would help build three new schools as well as renovate some current ones.

Two schools that would be built under the plan would house 5th and 6th graders taking the 5th graders out of the elementary schools and the 6th graders out of the middle schools. 

The bond would also add a new elementary school while renovating Indian Creek, Wilkins and Bowman Woods elementary schools. 

Excelsior middle school would also be renovated. 

The district says they have experienced a lot of growth in recent years and they need the added space. 
   "We've come from a student enrollment of about 5,400 in 2005 to 7,400 today and within a few short years we expect to exceed 8,000 in enrollment," says Matthew May, Linn-Mar Communications & Media Coordinator. 

The changes would come with increasing property taxes for homeowners. 
  "A homeowner with an assessed value of  $100,000 would expect to see an increase  of about $7.16 a month," says May. 

If the bond passes the district hopes to have the new intermediate buildings ready to go and the grades restructured by the 2019 school year. 
Polls will stay open until 8 tonight. 

People can vote at Marion Christian Church, Knights of Columbus Hall Council 5390 and Noelridge Christian Church. 



    

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