Carey OKs school funding

Carey Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Mark Vehre felt overwhelmed by the show of support from voters at the polls Tuesday.

The district proposed a 6.5-mill bond issue for construction and maintenance of a new pre-kindergarten through high school building. According to unofficial results, voters passed the issue 1,600-556.

“We are ecstatic,” he said. “It was truly a community effort.”

The issue will cost the owner of an $82,100 home $163.44 annually, or $13.62 monthly. The issue would run for 37 years.

The high school building was built in 1921 and the elementary building in 1929, Vehre said. Additions were made in 1954 and 1963.

Vehre said the idea to construct a new school building came from the community.

“We needed to make significant repairs to the current building and after a consensus from the community, we decided to revisit the issue,” Vehre said.

Vehre had said the issue was important to the young people in the district.

“We just want to provide them with the opportunities and tools,” he said.

The state is to pay 70 percent of costs, but the district is to come up with its part, Vehre said.

“This has been a very large campaign,” he said. “There have been several volunteers and canvassing the community and placing signs.”

The building process is to take about three years, Vehre said. The next step is to discuss prices.

“I am just still overwhelmed by the community’s support. They felt that it was the right time for a new building,” he said.