ICCSD bond passes, officials eager to move forward

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Thousands of people across Iowa went to the polls today, voting in elections that deal with their local schools.

That included school board elections, bond issues, and other ballot issues. Bond issues need a 60 percent super majority to pass. In Iowa City, voters approved a 192 million dollar bond issue. 65 percent of voters said yes. More than 16,600 people voted on this issue. That's an impressive turnout of just under 23 percent.

Supporters were jumping for joy Tuesday night after years of planning and hard work have finally paid off. People flocked to the polls to vote in this election. The bond will help pay for substantial renovations across the district to upgrade facilities and add space.

Some of the projects include renovating and adding new classrooms to eliminate temporary facilities. The superintendent for Iowa City schools said he's ready to put the bond to use.

"We have projects that are ready to go. One of the things that the board did tonight was approve plans for the renovations of Mann Elementary School and that'll be the first project out of the gates," said Stephen Murley, the superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District.

Representatives with the Vote No campaign said they're proud of the work they did and they respect the people's decision.