A bond that could generate up to $35 million to modernize schools in the district needed only 55 percent approval to pass, but nearly 66 percent of voters checked the “yes” box.
The burden of paying the bond off will fall to property owners within the Jefferson School District boundaries, to an estimated tune of $23 per $100,000 of assessed property value.
School district officials have said the money from the bond will be used to update fire alarms and security systems; remove asbestos, lead paint and hazardous materials; repair leaky roofs, deteriorating plumbing and heating and cooling systems; as well as other bricks-and-mortar improvements.
A citizens bond oversight committee will also be created to act as a watchdog.
The district includes four schools for kindergarteners through eighth-graders: Monticello, Hawkins, Traina and Jefferson.