The signatures are in, the names have been verified and the results are obvious.
The citizens of Clay and Parke Counties have decided the Clay Community School Corporation building project must go on. The official numbers were released to the public on Oct. 17.
In Clay County, there were 2,853 total petition signatures. Of those only 2,480 qualified and there were 603 total remonstrator signatures, of those only 521 qualified.
In Parke County, there were 19 total remonstrator signatures and only 16 qualified, there were no petition votes from Parke County.
Only real property owners and/or registered voters were calculated in the process.
"I am pleased with the apparent outcome of the process. When the board voted 7-0 to proceed with this project, we felt certain the majority of the public supported it," Clay Community School Board President Brian Atkinson told The Brazil Times. "It is very encouraging to see the proposed building project excepted by such a wide margin."
Clay Community School Supt. Dan Schroeder also expressed the same sentiments.
"We are very happy with the results," he said. "It shows that the community stands behind the decision made by the board. This will benefit the students, which is the purpose of building project."
He also to expressed his gratitude.
"I would like to thank everyone for supporting the project, those that have carried and signed petitions as well as helped out in anyway," Schroeder said.
At the Oct. 9 school board meeting, members of the building construction team, including Skillman Corporation, construction management firm, Kyle Miller from Schmidt and Associates, the architect, and Jeff Qualkinbush from Barnes and Thornburg. the bonds council, were in attendance to present information and timelines on the building project and what would happen if the remonstrance failed.
The tentative plans state that by starting in June 2009 the project would be completely finished by the fall of 2010.
Qualkinbush explained the bonds process to those in attendance.
"In a normal market, the General Obligation Bonds will have a term of about two years, the interest bonds will be about 3 percent the Lease Bonds will then have an interest rate of 4 percent and will have a term of about seven to eight years," he said.
The Lease Bonds will be sold in May, those will then cover the rest of the work done to the elementary schools.
The General Obligation bonds will be used to upgrade the security at Clay City Junior/Senior High School, North Clay Middle School and Northview High School.
The building construction team will appear at the Nov. 13 school board meeting, to answer any questions board members might have before they decide whether to give permission to proceed with the building project.
The school board meeting will take place at North Clay Middle School at 7:30 p.m. in the media center.