ALTO – A proposed $10.5 million bond package approved by Alto ISD residents during Tuesday's election is a vote of confidence for students and the district, said Superintendent Kelly West.
“Thank you, Alto ISD voters,” she said in a release issued shortly after complete, but unofficial results, were posted online Tuesday night by the Cherokee County Election Department. “Today, you said 'yes' to our students and our school district.”
The proposal passed by a 408 to 212 vote – 65.81 percent of 620 ballots cast favored the measure, while 34.19 were opposed to it.
The bond will fund the construction of a new high school and gymnasium, as well as improve other parts of the property, along with school buses. In mid-April, multiple tornadoes struck the town, with one touching down on school property, damaging some buildings to the point that they were deemed unsafe for use.
“The fact that this issue was given such support during the last few months is truly a reflection of the work of a tremendous team and a community that cares deeply about educating our students,” West said.
Commending the members of the Community Bond Committee, she added, “The overall success of the bond election was due to your direction and support. Words cannot adequately capture our heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous work of an incredible team of parents, community members, clergy, teachers, administration, board members, business leaders who helped our community understand the need for the proposal and the importance of putting our children first.”
According to the release, the district has set a timeline that includes selling the bonds in February 2020, then shortly thereafter, developing designs for the new structures.
Construction is expected to begin in May or June of 2020, with estimated completion of the complex scheduled for August 2021, coinciding with the beginning of a new school year.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of Alto ISD. Our community has a history of coming together in support of our children and our schools!” West said. “The Board of Trustees and I pledge to work diligently in the coming months to be good stewards of the funds that you, the voters, have entrusted to us. Your continued commitment to our school district is appreciated and valued as we all work together to prepare all of our students for success.”