Derby Voters Approve School Bond Issue

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Residents in Derby approve a $66.6 million school bond issue tonight with 78 percent voting yes and 22 percent voting no.

Parents like Martha Lawson were glad to know that the community of Derby voted yes.

"It's exciting to know that the community backs the schools. In this tough economic time, it's very exciting to know that the community prioritizes education in Derby," said Lawson.

The Vote Yes committee gathered at the Derby High School on Tuesday evening to listen to the results. After polls closed, people started reporting the unofficial results that showed an overwhelming majority voted yes.

The $66.6 million school bond issue will be used to replace roofs destroyed by hail damage, add a new Derby middle school, renovate the existing school, and build a new central kitchen.

"We really feel grateful to our community. The community has come forward and have done all the work," said Derby School Board president, Carolyn Muehring.

The Vote Yes committee celebrated a victory they said took them more than two years to accomplish.

"Meeting many, many times and spending thousands of hours. What's happened today in Derby is the culmination of that effort, our Vote Yes campaign," said Larry Gould.

The four polling locations and the advanced ballots showed 2330 voted yes and 674 voted no for the bond issue.

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