The residents of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District overwhelmingly approved a $2.8 million bond proposal during a special election on Tuesday.
The project will connect the high school and elementary buildings in Marcus and include renovations to include a modern kitchen, a combination room of a commons and cafeteria; two fourth grade classrooms and a third classroom to be used as a computer, elementary art/music room or for special education; a weight room/exercise room to also be available for public use; plus storage room and restrooms.
The vote results (unofficial until canvassed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors) have the yes vote at 645 (80.9 percent) and the no vote at 152 (19.1) percent. A 60 percent majority was needed for approval of the bond. Voter turnout was almost 39 percent of the total registered voters.
Members of the school board have indicated that revenue from the School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) sales tax will be used for paying debt service on the bond. The SILO is a one-cent sales tax collected in the county for distribution to school districts based on the number of students who are county residents in attendance at each school.