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Bond issues pass, Knight elected to board

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

Newkirk voters approved a $10.475 million bond issue that will build a new gymnasium, early childhood center, middle school roof, elementary remodel, two safe rooms, five route buses, and one activity bus.

The following are Tuesday’s election results:

Question 1
(Route Buses)
Yes - 514 (75%)
No - 173 (25%)

Question 2
(Gym/Early Childhood)
Yes - 479 (70%)
No - 206 (30%)

Question 3
Activity Bus
Yes - 464 (68%)
No - 223 (32%)

To pass, the vote needed to receive 60 percent of the vote.

In the school board seat on the ballot, Phillip Knight defeated Bill Hobbs  392-281 to earn a five year seat on the board of education, replacing Glenna Blair who chose not to seek re-election.

Knight will be sworn in March 13th at the next board of education meeting.

The new gymnasium will be built just north of the NHS commons area, the early childhood center will be built just northwest of the current elementary.

The early childhood center will hold three kindergarten and three pre-kindergarten classrooms and a media center.  Elementary offices will be moved to the new facility.

The remodel includes new heat and air as well as new flooring. 

One safe room will be built in the new early childhood center, holding 400 students.  The other safe room will be part of the new gymnasium, holding 1,000 students.

The safe rooms will be open to the community, a walking area will be constructed in the gymnasium that will also be available to the public.

This was the third time that Newkirk school patrons have voted on a new gymnasium for the Newkirk district.

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