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Bond votes pass

By DCN Staff

Residents in the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn and Waukee Community School districts voted in favor of the $13.5 million and $18 million dollar bond issues in special elections held Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Unofficial results from the Dallas County Auditor’s Office state 749 votes were in favor of the bond issue, while 141 votes were against the A-D-M measure.

A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe was pleased with the voter turnout, especially considering the weather forecast.

“I am very excited about the great voter turnout during very poor weather, and the 84 percent approval is a strong indication of our communities’ support for these projects (as well as) confidence in our school district,” Dufoe said. “All of us are excited to keep going and see construction start on the elementary projects this summer.”

The project will include additional classrooms at all four attendance centers, site improvements, which include paved parking and separate parent/bus loading zones at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate, use of the Old Middle School for district offices, and increasing main entrance security at all attendance centers.

Residents will see a no tax-rate increase and the debt service tax rate will not increase from $3.62 per thousand.

A completion date for both the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate schools is set for August of 2015. Improvements to the current Middle and High School is set to be completed August of 2016.

There was a somewhat higher voter turnout in Waukee with 875 votes for the measure and 70 votes against.

Waukee Superintendent David Wilkerson stated he was pleased with the 92 percent voter approval.

“Obviously we were very pleased with the outcome of the vote,” he said. “The 92 percent voter approval tells us that are families recognize the need for the additional classroom space and are supporters of the facility plan in place. It was great to see people braving the elements Tuesday evening to vote and support the school district.”

The bond allows for an eighth elementary school to be built at the intersection of Dartmoor Dr. and Douglas Pkwy. with construction starting this year. The school is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2016.

Residents will not see any changes in the levy portion of the property taxes which is currently at $16.57669.

The student population has grown an average of 466 students over the past five years, 209 of those students are at the elementary level.

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