Voters in the Johnston school district gave overwhelming approval Tuesday to a $41 million bond referendum that will construct a new high school and renovate other buildings.
The measure requires approval by 60 percent of voters in order to pass; the measure received 66 percent approval to 34 percent no votes. According to unofficial vote totals from the Polk County Election Office, the measure received 3,599 yes votes to 1,852 votes against.
"We are thrilled as a community to be supporting the kids and the school district," said district parent Patrice Davis, a member of Citizens for Quality Johnston Schools, which worked to pass the measure. "I was a little nervous earlier today, but from the results I couldn't happier."
The money will pay for construction of a new 10-12 high school just west of 100th Street and north of 62nd Avenue in Johnston.