Elections

Voters give Palmyra Schools approval for $3.5 million in projects

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Apr. 2, 2019 9:50 pm Updated: Apr. 2, 2019 11:07 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. — Palmyra voters approved Proposition 2 on Tuesday, a bond issue for infrastructure improvements at Palmyra schools.

The measure, which state law required must be approved by four-sevenths of voters in order to pass, received 1,114 votes in support and 223 votes against.

The bond issue does not affect the district’s personal and real estate property assessments. The district’s levy remains at 68 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

In the ballot language of Proposition 2, the district said it would use the $3.5 million to fund “complete safety and security access control upgrades at the high school; renovate the high school Vo-Ag building classrooms and restrooms; and renovate the middle school kitchen to include air conditioning, window, door and ceiling tile replacements, lighting and electrical upgrades and floor repairs.”

Funds from the bond issue also will pay for improvements to the district’s athletic complex: a new all-weather track and activity field, expand the high school weight room, with an addition to house the school’s wrestling program.

The Palmyra Elementary School playground also will be renovated.

Voters in the Palmyra School District also re-elected Joe Knochel to the board of education and Roth McElvain to the board. Knochel received 931 votes, and McElvain received 890 votes.