UPDATE: measure approved by 76 percent, passing 402 to 126, according to unofficial results.
Voters in Castleberry school district will return to the polls on Saturday to weigh in on whether to provide additional funding for day-to-day operations.
Early voting turnout in the small community has been high, with 307 taxpayers casting early ballots so far, said Superintendent Gary S. Jones.In the tax ratification election, known as a TRE, voters are being asked whether to increase the property tax rate 13 cents to $1.4533 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Officials have said they need additional monies for expenses such as utilities, furniture, educational technology, salaries and athletic and fine arts programs.The school district for the first time earned a recognized rating under the state’s four-tier accountability system this month. Two other firsts: Castleberry Elementary School earned the top rating of exemplary and Irma Marsh Middle School was rated recognized. For the second year in a row, Castleberry High School garnered a recognized rating for the second time in a row.
“We have had academic success. The bond package has passed and we are hoping that we can continue to build on that success with new construction and new financial aid from the state,” Jones said
Whatever the outcome, Jones plans to write to voters on Wednesday to outline plans for the future, he said.Jessamy Brown