Union County voters approved a $134 million bond referendum to address aging facilities and replace current buildings at East Elementary and Forest Hills High. The school bond passed with 62 (61.96%) percent of voters approving the referendum. This data was reported on the Union County Board of Elections website with 52 out of 52 precincts reporting.
Since 2000, school bonds have resulted in nearly 30 new school construction and renovation projects. The last school bond passed in 2016 with 71 percent of votes.
“I want to thank Union County residents for supporting this bond,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan. “Replacing East Elementary and Forest Hills High will allow us to provide modern facilities for our students and staff that will align with current instructional programs. In addition, the new schools will have innovative classroom space, expanded dining areas, updated media centers and teacher workrooms.”
Citizens can begin to see developments for the new schools this spring. The design process will be complete in early winter and construction is expected to begin by the summer of 2023. Both East Elementary and Forest Hills High will have a Project Advisory Team that includes parents, teachers, students and community members. The teams will be an active part of the design and construction phases of the projects.
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