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Janesville passes $8.6M bond for school

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JANESVILLE (KWWL) -

Finally a 'yes', Janesville School Community District has been waiting years to hear those words. After failing two times, the community voted 'yes' for an $8.6 million bond referendum to help expand the school.

This has been a long time coming for the Janesville School District. The school will now be getting a dozen more classrooms and some upgrades. School board members, staff and the community are very excited for the project. 

"It's been a buzz for sure, the school is very excited to say the least, as am I," said BJ Meaney, Janesville Superintendent.

Meaney says he is relieved the school will now be able to hold all the students.

"Our enrollment is up 40% in less than 10 years which is not common in most school districts and the building just hasn't been able to accommodate the growth, so this project will really really put us in a good place for the coming years," said Meaney.

Sixty-two percent of voters voted 'yes', including Vicki Fisher.

"When it passed I was totally excited," said Fisher, Janesville. "My son is actually in junior high, he's an eighth grader, so by the time this gets done he will actually be able to enjoy the gym and some of the secondary things while he is still in school."

The school's overcrowding worried Fisher, who's son practices in a cramped band room.

"He is in the band and so even at the junior high level they are kind of scrunched in the band room and to know that he'll get to have a larger band room is just thrilling to me," said Fisher.

Many in the community are riding the high of finally getting the approval.

"This is just thrilling to me, to know the school is growing to have to need this," said Fisher.

"To say they got loud when it was announced would be an understatement," said Meaney.

Meaney says right now they don't know when construction will begin, most likely after next school year. Unofficially, there were 724 yes votes and 438 no's.

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