After decades of hard work and determination, voters approved a 7.6-mill that will make way for school improvements to the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. The millage passed with 55 percent for versus 45 percent against.
According to the Pulaski County Election Commission, the unofficial results were 2,094 for and 1,702 against.
Funding from the millage will pay for the $80 million improvements and allow for a new elementary school and a new high school to be constructed, along with improvements to other schools throughout the district.
“We are so excited the people of our new school district voted to move Jacksonville forward,” Laura Walker, Education Corps spokesperson said. “The funds from this millage will make a difference in the lives of our children and our community. Our children will now have access to quality schools that will allow them to compete and succeed in the 21st century,” Walker added.
Walker said she would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on this for decades and for the outpouring of community support they have received during the campaign. She also noted that the passage of the millage was a real community effort, just like when residents voted to form their own school district in 2014.
“These new facilities will be something that Jacksonville and North Pulaski can be proud of. Without the support from the community and its leaders, we would not have been able to accomplish this,” Walker said. “This community knows how to come together and pass something that will help families, spur investment and move our community towards the future.”
The Pulaski County Election Commission will meet at 5:00 p.m. on February 18 to certify the results.