A nearly $9 million school bond passed in the village of Pleasanton Tuesday. The final votes came in at 261 for the bond and 195 against.
The goal is to create a new elementary school by demolishing the two buildings that make up the elementary school currently. They were built in 1937 and 1959, and school officials say the buildings needed serious upgrades.
"I think it will make the community stronger than it already is," said voter Shayne Zwiener.
School officials say the $8.9 million will go towards larger class rooms, a new air conditioning and heating system and just an overhaul of modernization.
"It would be more conducive for us to jump ahead to the 21st Century in education," said Pleasanton Public School Superintendent Ron Wymore.
Currently, classroom sizes are about 600 square feet; the approved bond will allow for the rooms to expand to 900 square feet.
Voters expressed the value of education in the town.
"Education is a high priority for several of the community members from one end of the community to the other," said Zwiener.
Wymore said this money would put the school district in a great place for years to come. "A building like this should set the school district up for the next 50 to 60 years."
Construction will begin in mid-to-late summer.