Voters passed a $7.9 million bond issue for the construction of a new Lincoln Elementary School in Gering in Tuesday’s general election.
The Gering Public Schools bond issue passed by an impressive margin – 2,558 votes cast in favor of the bond and 1,000 votes against.
Lincoln Principal George Schlothauer said late Tuesday that he was surprised the bond issue passed with such a large margin. He said the new school will benefit Gering students far into the future.
“We think it is needed and we think it is something that will definitely help Gering public schools in the future,” he said. “With the changes, the technology, the structure and with the energy efficient building that will be built, it will be an advantage for everybody.”
Schlothauer said much work will be done in the coming weeks as the students prepare to move to the former Aurora Loan building on East Beltline while the new school is being built. He plans to meet with Superintendent Don Hague and other school officials in the coming days to begin the process.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us and we look forward to the challenges,” he said. “We will meet in the next day or so and get a plan together. We will start moving as soon as we can. The Aurora building will be ours to use and so we will have to start the process of moving.”
The $7.9 million bond will pay for the demolition of the existing 87-year-old building and the construction of a new school at the same location, 1725 13th St.
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