Washington County Courthouse / File photo
Early voting is underway on a special election to consider restructuring of bonds for maintenance and operation of Fayetteville Public Schools.
The school board is requesting the restructuring of eight bonds that would generate $111 million “to address facility needs across the district, including renovation and upgrades of facilities, land acquisition, new school construction, and energy efficiencies.”
Specific projects listed include addressing air conditioning in seven gymnasiums across the district, accessibility, security, and safety improvements at Ramay Junior High School, drainage improvements at Leverett, Washington, Happy Hollow, Holcomb, and, McNair schools, among others.
An overview of the school districts plans for the funds generated from the restructuring of the bonds is available here.
If approved, the school millage rate of 45.65 mills would remain the same as is currently being collected. It would, however, extend the payoff of 20.65 mills by 15 years, which are scheduled to drop off in 2035.
Voting began today (Tuesday, Feb. 4) at the County Clerk’s Office (280 North College, Suite 300), and is available weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Feb. 10.
Election day is on Tuesday, Feb. 11. All eligible voters in the Fayetteville School District can cast a ballot at any of these locations: Baldwin Church of Christ (4377 East Huntsville Rd), Central United Methodist Church (6. W. Dickson), Covenant Church (4511 W. Wedington Drive) Goshen First United Methodist Church (122 State Hwy 45), Sang Avenue Baptist Church (1425 N. Sang Ave), Sequoyah Methodist Church (1910 Old Wire Rd Fayetteville) and Trinity Fellowship (1100 Rolling Hills Dr).
A sample ballot is available here.
To check your voter registration, visit voterview.org, or contact the County Clerk’s office at 479-444-1711.
For more information about the election, visit co.washington.ar.us.