Voters in the Central school district overwhelmingly approved a two-question building referendum on Nov. 2 that will touch nearly every space in existing district facilities.

The official vote count for Question 1, which focused on safety, security, and accessibility upgrades, deferred maintenance, and educational updates, was 1,043 yes votes and 337 no votes. Question 2 focused on athletic sites and was approved by 944 yes votes to 432 no votes. The vote was made official at the school board’s special meeting on Nov. 4.

“We are so grateful to our community members for once again affirming their trust in our school district and setting Central Public Schools up for an incredibly exciting future,” said Superintendent Tim Schochenmaier. “We said this was a once-in-a-generation investment that will have a lasting impact on our facilities, and it really is. Our facilities will now be able to meet the needs of modern learners and the high-quality education that we are known for.”

The district will move forward with building update plans that will impact nearly every part of both the elementary and middle/high schools. Existing facilities will be upgraded with modern learning in mind and a number of deferred maintenance, safety and security, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) needs will be addressed at both buildings. Athletic sites, the stadium, and the track will all be upgraded to provide the district with facilities that will continue to serve students for decades to come.

The next steps include project design, which will begin immediately, with bidding taking place in May 2022. Construction is planned to commence in the summer of 2022, with the entire project being targeted for completion by the summer of 2024.

“Thank you for being informed voters and for voting,” said Schochenmaier. “Thank you for supporting our students and families and our hard-working staff. And thank you for supporting our district operating levy referendum in 2019, and now in 2021 to improve our facilities.”

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