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School board vote won’t change June bond election plans

By The Herald Staff | 3/29/2013

Regardless of its future composition, the West Franklin school board cannot stop the June 4 vote on a $14.3-million bond issue, the district’s superintendent said Friday.

Four seats on the board are in play during Tuesday’s election, Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin schools superintendent, said Friday afternoon. But even if all four incumbents are ousted, Bradbury said, the bond issue still will be left up to the district’s patrons via the mail-in ballot this summer.

Regardless of its future composition, the West Franklin school board cannot stop the June 4 vote on a $14.3-million bond issue, the district’s superintendent said Friday.

Four seats on the board are in play during Tuesday’s election, Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin schools superintendent, said Friday afternoon. But even if all four incumbents are ousted, Bradbury said, the bond issue still will be left up to the district’s patrons via the mail-in ballot this summer.

“While the [school board] election is held in April, new board members do not officially take office until the first school board meeting, which would be the second Monday in July,” Bradbury said. “The bond election is in June, so whatever action the voters take — whether to approve a bond issue or not to approve a bond issue — that measure would stand. ... They could not overturn what the voters have decided.”

If approved, the bond would help finance an estimated $16-million project to improve West Franklin’s middle and high schools and provide a centralized campus for all district schools. If the bond is passed, the district would commit about $1.7 million in remaining costs using existing capital improvement funds, Bradbury said.

The bond offer would budget for classroom additions, renovations of existing buildings, a new gym, weight room, vocational/agricultural education, a wood shop building, an eight-lane competition track and parking lot improvements, according to West Franklin’s website. The improvements also would connect the campus buildings.

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