Booneville School District voters have overwhelmingly approved a bond issue to create a new multi-purpose athletic facility.

Voters living in the school district approved the bond issue with a vote of 387 to 24. 93.25 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor, well above the 60 percent required for passage.

Superintendent Dr. Todd English thanked voters for their strong support of the school district’s plans to continue to build for the future.

“We’re ecstatic,” he said. “It shows what we can do when we all work together.”

“I wholeheartedly appreciate the community’s faith and belief in our district and our vision,” said the superintendent.

The bond funds will be used to construct a new facility located north of the high school gym on district-owned property. Plans include a multi-purpose field for junior high football, all levels of soccer and band practice, tennis courts, a track and facilities for track and field, facilities for concessions, restrooms and multi-purpose rooms for various sports. The track will be available for use as a community walking track any time it is not in use for school activities. The multi-purpose rooms will free up space in other areas of the school that can be converted back to classroom space.

The superintendent emphasized the facility will be “the community’s facility” and said he believes it will not only benefit students and the district but the entire community by allowing for events bringing people and tax dollars into the community.

He said the success of the election is the result of a strong community effort rooted in people coming together to look toward the future of the community and the district.

English said he expects construction on the project to begin this fall with the entire project to take around two years to complete.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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