The largest bond issue in Joplin’s history unofficially has passed by less than 1 percent, allowing the Joplin School District to afford to rebuild schools that were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
“We’re excited, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Superintendent C.J. Huff moments after hearing the results of Tuesday’s bond issue. “I just want to thank everyone for the support... It was certainly a big win for the kids and certainly we’ll have the opportunity to follow through with our promises to get the job done.”
School bond issues have historically been close, Huff said, and this was no exception. The bond required a four sevenths, or 57.14 percent, majority to pass. In Jasper and Newton counties, 4,982 of 8,637 voters said yes, which was 57.68 percent-- less than a 1 percent difference.
Mackenzie Robinson, the PTO president for East Middle School and Eastmorland Elementary, was ecstatic about the win.
“Yes! Yes! Yes! We’re very excited,” Robinson said Tuesday night.
“I definitely thought it was going to be close,” Robinson said. “But I didn’t think it would be that close. But we’ll take it if it passed. It just takes that one vote. I’m just really proud of our community to come together. This is going to be good fo the future of Joplin and all of these kids. I’m proud to call Joplin home.”