Voters in the Seminole school district have passed a $21.6 million bond issue to build a new high school complex to replace the current high school that was built 87 years ago in 1930.



Proposed to voters for the third time, the bond issue passed by 69.32 percent, well over the required supermajority of 60 percent for school bonds.

Voters in the Seminole school district have passed a $21.6 million bond issue to build a new high school complex to replace the current high school that was built 87 years ago in 1930.

Proposed to voters for the third time, the bond issue passed by 69.32 percent, well over the required supermajority of 60 percent for school bonds.

“It's a big deal...and the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Superintendent Alfred Gaches said as the election results posted.

“We're happy,” he said, adding the passage was a “true community effort.”

The funds will build a new high school and competition gym for the district. The new building will be more than double in size at 86,000 square feet and will be constructed about three-quarters of a mile west of the current high school along 270 in the area of Highway 9 and Highway 3.

Election results show 992 voted yes, or 69.32 percent, while 439 people voted no, or 30.68 percent. A total of 1,431 people voted in the election.

With the bond's passage, property taxes will go back to the same rates they were in 2008, Gaches said.

He said taxes in the district dropped dramatically after a former bond issue went off the books, so while the bond is creating a 34 percent increase over current taxes, rates are going back to what they were nine years ago.

Once the new high school is built, the district, in its master schools plan, has some ideas of what to do with the current high school, which was built in 1930 on 11.6 acres.

The plans call for the facility to be repurposed for other uses, with plans to remodel the building using grant opportunities and private funds. The district also plans to begin the process of applying for the building to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The plan shows possible future uses of the old high school could include being a Seminole Community and School History Museum, an Alumni or teacher association headquarters, or be used for adults working toward a GED.