Wayne County voters approve $18 million school bond

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By MetroNews Staff

It took three attempts, but voters in Wayne County have approved an $18 million school construction bond — a key component in a larger $42 million package.

That package includes construction of a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School and a new Crum Elementary School and will also pay for additions and renovations at Wayne High School.

The unofficial vote totals in Wayne County in Tuesday’s primary election were 4,192 votes for the bond and 3,265 against the bond — a 56 percent to 44 percent split.

In addition to the $18 million bond, the state School Building Authority has allocated another $18 million for the school projects while much of the final $6 million will come from an improvement fund Wayne County and the Wayne County Board of Education started last year.

The most recent bond rejection came in 2012 when voters soundly defeated a proposed $30 million bond.