Woodsboro school district approves $5 million bond

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.

The Woodsboro school district is on its way to upgrading its facilities thanks to a $5 million bond passed Tuesday night.

The bond approval will improve the field house, auditorium, band hall and classroom upgrades at the elementary school, said Woodsboro Superintendent Stephen Self. It will also possibly add a career and technology training center for students and adults.

A difference of 17 votes made for a tight race, Self said.

"It's not quite as much as the bond election in 2005," Self said.

Self said he knew people were against it, but most were silent about their opinion - except for those for it.

The bond passage will increase the tax rate from $1.36 to about $1.47.

This would add about $118.29 to a bill of a home valued at $100,000.

Self hopes to lower the maintenance and operation tax rate to bring the new overall tax rate to $1.40.

Self anticipates starting to open up the projects for bidding at the start of next year, he said.

"We're going to get (voters) the best bang for their buck," he said.



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