FLUSHING (WJRT) (11/08/2017) - Big changes are coming to Flushing Community Schools after voters give the green light to a nearly $18 million bond.
"I certainly see some significant improvements in our facilities for our students and we are excited about that,” said Flushing Community Schools Superintendent Timothy Stein.
More than half of the number of voters in Flushing placed a check mark in favor of the new school proposal.
The $17.8 million is going toward a list of major upgrades for the district: a new STEM robotics lab, a visual arts classroom and a gymnasium added onto the high school.
"The construction projects, obviously the new competitive gym, is going to take some time over the next couple years to complete that project,” said Stein.
Homeowners are going to see an increase in taxes. A $100,000 home will see around $62.50 yearly increases or about $5.21 more per month.
Stein says they're looking to start by adding in new windows to cut back on energy costs.
"I think that there is potential for the windows and those type of projects to occur earlier. Potentially as early as this summer if everything goes well,” he said.
In May of last year, the community voted against a similar proposal. School officials cut back a senior center from the proposal, which they credit for enticing voters to approve the projects.
"It's just great to see the community come out and support our future, which is our students,” Stein said.