Bond propositions in Durant and Bennington school districts were approved by voters, according to election returns released by the Bryan County Election Board Tuesday evening.
In Durant, a $5,380,000 bond for constructing, remodeling and equipping school facilities was approved by 60.80 percent with 425 votes for it and 274 votes against it with 425 ballots in favor of it and 274 opposed.
“It’s a great thing for the district and the kids,” said Durant Superintendent Jason Simeroth. He said that he was overjoyed that this bond passed.
Simeroth said that with this money, the community will see renovations to almost all Durant schools including repairs and security updates as well as the opportunity to continue programs such as Durant’s technology program that promote academic excellence.
Simeroth also said the money will provide a multi-purpose facility that has been asked for from the community.
“I have two students in my house and they’re thrilled,” said Simeroth.
Another $480,000 bond to purchase transportation equipment was approved by 63.51 percent with 449 votes for it and and 258 opposed.
“I’m just thrilled to death we could make this happen,” said Simeroth. Both of these bonds were renewals, according to the Durant School District.
Bennington voters approved an $800,000 bond for its school district that will be used to repair and remodel the school as well as acquiring new furniture, fixtures and equipment.
That bond passed by 68.45 percent with 115 votes for it and 53 opposed. Bennington Superintendent Donna Anderson was not available for comments this morning.
Bond elections require a 60-percent super majority to pass. Election returns will not be official until certified Friday by the Bryan County Election Board.