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| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

The results from the Nov. 5 vote saw voters passing of the Chelsea School District bond.

Total vote counts stood at 2,311 votes, or just over 60 percent, for yes on the $81 million bond while the no votes ended at 1,531 or nearly 40 percent.

In following up with CSD Superintendent Julie Helber after the votes were counted, she said the district was grateful and excited.

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“We are so thankful to the Chelsea School District community for supporting our bond proposal,” Helber said. 

The bond funding will go toward addressing things such as deferred maintenance, renovations to buildings and grounds to support modern learning, additions, student safety, sanitation, building access, athletic improvements and parking.

Other key renovations will include updates to classrooms, technology, student common areas such as the Library Media Center, auditoriums, a new auxiliary gym with a weight room at the high school. Based on community input, the plan creates a versatile, student-friendly learning space that supports high volumes of students in a collaborative and interactive learning environment.

As with any renovation, CSD officials said federal law requires all updated buildings to meet current fire, health, and handicap accessibility standards.

“Once the official results confirm a positive vote we will start the planning process for establishing the work that will be scheduled for the first series,” Helber said. 

She said there will be some work completed during the summer of 2020.

“Larger projects will need more planning time,” she said.

Going forward, that’s the keyword for the district: planning.

However, in the meantime, Helber said, “I would like to thank our community for their continued support of the Chelsea School District.  I am so proud to serve as the superintendent.” 

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