HANNIBAL — Tuesday will be remembered in the Hannibal School District as the day voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition C.A.R.E., a multi-million-dollar overhaul of the district’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing systems.
With the proposition’s passage, the district will soon begin the work of replacing heating and cooling systems in Hannibal High School, Hannibal Middle School, the Hannibal Career and Technical Center, and Korf Gymnasium, where the Pirates and Lady Pirates play basketball and volleyball.
Additional improvements to the district’s security systems and to various plumbing and electrical systems also are covered by Proposition C.A.R.E., which gives the district authority to borrow $14.5 million to cover project costs.
The bond issue was overwhelmingly popular with district voters. In Marion County, it received 2,160 favorable votes and 383 votes in opposition. In Ralls County, 293 votes were cast in favor of the proposition and 72 votes were cast against it.
Voters in the Hannibal Public School District also re-elected two incumbents, J’Nelle Lee and Linda Clark, to the board of education. The other candidates running for two positions on the school board were: Patrick G. Benson, Nicole Thomure, and Michael I. Routh.
The unofficial results, from voters in both Marion County and Ralls County, for the five-person race were: Clark, 1,655 votes; Lee, 1,454 votes; Benson, 1,407 votes; Thomure, 484 votes; and Routh, 321 votes.
These results will be finalized later this week.