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$41 million Byron Public Schools referendum Tuesday

Rachel Mills
Updated: May 10, 2021 06:06 PM
Created: May 10, 2021 04:05 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The fate of $41 million will be decided Tuesday for the Byron Public School district. The people of Byron will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not the money should be spent on improvements throughout the school district.

"We're adding classrooms to the high school, we're renovating our intermediate and middle school kitchens, we're updating the athletic facilities at the middle school," Dr. Joey Page, Byron superintendent, said. 

Dr. Page said the $41 million dollars asked for in the referendum will be used for all those things and more.

"Our district has been studying our facilities for the past couple of years, we've worked with architects, with a demographer, we've worked with our finance and facilities committee to look at what's our long-term growth for our district," Dr. Page said. 

Page claims these improvements have been needed for a long time, and nearly every part of the district will see some kind of improvement if voters vote "yes" to both questions on the ballot.

"Our first question is at $29.7 million, and the second, with the auditorium, is a little over $11 million," Dr. Page said. 

The first question approves the money for improvements to athletics facilities, kitchens, and classroom additions. The second question approves money to add an auditorium to the high school. 

The district said it does anticipate receiving money from the state to offset costs to local tax payers, but superintendent Page believes the updates will be worth it. 

"We've taken a really thoughtful and deliberate approach to put a plan out there that we feel addresses our needs currently but also in the future," Dr. Page said.  

Voting is from 7 a.m. -  8 p.m. Tuesday. It will happen at Byron Middle School, where you can head inside to vote in-person, or Dr. Page said, there will be a drive-up voting option in the parking lot as well.

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