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Voters in Concord schools district approve $28 million referendum

School corporation will be able to maintain current class sizes, make more flexible transportation routes, repair buildings and buy new buses. 

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Concord Community Schools won its $28 million referendum by just 80 votes.

More than four hours after the polls closed Tuesday, May 6, final results were finally tallied for Concord's referendum question: 1,967 voted for the referendum and 1,887 voted against.

That means the school corporation will be able to maintain its current class sizes, make its transportation routes more flexible, do some needed repairs to buildings and maybe even get a few new buses.

It also means taxpayers in the district will be paying a higher property tax for the next seven years, a plan that a majority of voters are OK with according to Tuesday's results. 

Concord Superintendent Wayne Stubbs said the impact of having more funds in the district is "huge."

He's excited that the referendum money will keep property tax cap losses from affecting students any more than it has already.

"As an educator for 36 years, that's always the bottom line for me," Stubbs said.

The Concord schools board approved a plan to pursue funding through a referendum in its Jan. 14 meeting.

Since then, a group called Yes for Concord Kids formed to promote the referendum. An opposing group, Vote No in Concord, also formed to discourage support for the referendum.

Early in the evening Tuesday, Stubbs said he felt "cautious" about the outcome of the vote and expressed some concern about the impact that the "No" group may have had on voters.

Minutes after learning that Concord had won the vote, Stubbs couldn't stop smiling and said he is "very appreciative."

This story will be updated.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks




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