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Area school districts hold elections

Thursday, September 29, 2005

In a decisive vote Melbourne School District voters approved an 8.95-mill increase Sept. 20 to pay for a new school.

Of the 940 votes cast, 61 percent (579 votes) voted in favor of the millage increase, with 39 percent (361 votes) voting against it.

Melbourne Superintendent Gerald Cooper said voters in his district made the right decision.

"We're really excited about the possibilities in our future," Cooper said. "This increase will allow us to build a new school and provide a quality education for our students that we might not otherwise be able to provide."

The proposed 105,844-square-foot school will cost between $6.5 and $7 million to build.

Construction on the new school could begin in the spring, Cooper said. The district may wait to take bids until material prices, which spiked in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, go down he said.

The Melbourne School District annexed the Mount Pleasant School District last year and that created the need for a new school, Cooper said. There are approximately 900 students in the newly created school district.

The current Melbourne school was built in 1967. The new school will be located on a 57-acre tract of land adjacent to the Cooper-Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.

The new school will feature state-of-the art classrooms, a 1,200-seat gymnasium, a 600-seat cafeteria and a 300-seat student union. The increase will raise the district's millage rate from 30.35 mills to 39.30 mills.

Mount Pleasant students will remain at the Mount Pleasant campus until the new school is completed, Cooper said.

He said it will take approximately two years to build the new school.

In other election results, Jeff Mynatt defeated Nanette Holt in the only contested Melbourne School Board race.

Mynatt received 74 percent (695 votes) of the 931 votes cast. Holt received 26 percent (236 votes) of the votes cast.

Mynatt will serve a five-year term.

By a 3:1 margin Mammoth Spring School District voters approved a 2.11-mill increase to help pay for maintenance and repairs at the school.

Seventy-one percent (190 votes) of voters approved raising the millage rate. The increase raises the total millage rate in the district to 30 mills.

Over the next 15 years the millage increase will generate an additional $424,728 for the school district, according to the ballot.

There were no contested school board elections in Fulton County.

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