HARTINGTON — Wynot voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed school expansion and renovation project.
As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., 363 of the 593 ballots sent to registered voters in the all-mail election had been returned
Of those, 242 people voted in favor of the project, while 121 voted against it.\
Patrons were asked to vote on the issue of a $2.2 million building bond for expansion of the current school facility. The project includes several new classrooms, a kitchen, restrooms, locker rooms, commons area and concession area plus a community weight room and a community library.
The update will also include improvements in heating-ventilation-air conditioning throughout the building.
The new proposed bond levy of 13.8 cents will increase taxable valuation of $100,000 from current levy of 11.9 cents at $119 to $138.
The Wynot School Board started planning for an upgrade at the facility in 2014. Board members looked at numerous options presented by the contractor, taking time to make the best selection and consider ways to hold costs down.
The Class D2 school in a small town of 190 residents has seen an increase in enrollment numbers at the school over the last couple of years. The district had 41 students choose to “option-in” from other school districts.
The expected total enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is 169 students.
Messersmith, who will soon be starting his third year at the Wynot School, has become acquainted with people in the community.
“I am proud of this community,” he said. “They realize how important the relationship is between the school and the community. There is always great attendance by the patrons at all of the school’s activities.”
The new addition/renovation is needed to create space for the students, to maintain a safe and secure facility for the students and to meet state requirements.