MAMMOTH SPRING -- Voters in the Mammoth Spring School District went to the polls Sept. 20 and overwhelming passed a Qualified Zone Academy Bond issue in the amount of $425,000.
The issue, better know as QZAB, will increase the millage rate at the school from 27.89 mills to 30 mills. The issue passed 190 to 78 votes. The millage average in the state is currently 35 mills.
"We were pleased with the good turnout by the patrons of the school district. It was a good turnout where there was only one issue on the ballot. I think the people of Mammoth Spring saw the need to make improvements at the school and the saw the QZAB issue was a bargain at no interest," superintendent Ron Taylor said.
Seventeen school districts tried to get millage increases passed Sept. 20. Of those, 11 districts passed the increase and six turned it down.
"We were fortunate our voters turned out in good numbers and supported the issue by over 70 percent," Taylor said. He said some of those improvements will include a new roof on the high school, 12 new high efficiency heating and cooling units, continuing the project of high efficiency windows in the high school building and continuing the work on the old agri building.
Besides the passage of the QZAB issue, the superintendent received other good news last week. The school was informed that it had received a state grant for $84,481 from a division of the Arkansas Department of Education.
"This will help fund 52 percent of the cost of the new roof on the high school and will help our QZAB funds go further," the superintendent said. He added that in October the state will make another $50 million available to school districts across the state and Mammoth Spring would apply for some of those funds.
Taylor said with the passage of the QZAB bond and the money received last week from the state, needed repairs will put the campus in good shape for 20 to 40 years.
"I am excited about the possibilities at this school. I appreciate the work done by the school board, facility and staff in helping get the QZAB issue passed. Without them it would not have happened," he said.