Wausa’s bid for improving its school facility is moving forward thanks to an overwhelming 75 percent support.
Unofficial votes from Tuesday show 315 were in favor of the bond for renovations while just 102 were against.
Wausa Superintendent Brad Hoesing said he was pleased the district stakeholders were so supportive of funding the initiative to improve the district, which will increase the levy just two cents.
“We were grateful to patrons that they voted and voted to improve the facilities,” Hoesing said.
Hoesing said the school board had been working toward the school’s recent renovation proposal for two years, which includes adding more room for high school classrooms and a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building.
Plans for the project also include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building and replacing it with a new single story building. Total cost of the project is expected to be $4.35 million.
Hoesing said he is proud the community was so involved throughout the process and was willing to help by approving the bond.
“The public really understands the need. It is now our duty to make sure it is not taken lightly and we use the tax dollars responsibly,” Hoesing said. “The last thing we want to do is put out a sub par school.”
Hoesing said the entire Wausa staff is excited the bond was approved and ready to start to see some changes.
According to Hoesing, the first step will be for the school to amend their budget to include the bond. The board also needs to decide upon a construction delivery process and the design process will start.