MIAMI — Voters in Miami passed a $19.03 million two-fold bond issue Tuesday, May 14.
Of 1,193 total votes, there were 780 yes (65.38 percent) compared to 413 no.
Proposition 1 includes construction at the current Miami High School and Nichols Upper Elementary while Proposition 2 provides $1.2 million for the purchase of new buses.
“I am very happy,” Miami superintendent Jeremy Hogan said. “I am happy for our kids. I am happy for our staff. I am happy for our community because a lot of people put in a lot of hard work on this. It was a very good plan, one that was worked on over a long period of time. A lot of people gave up a lot of their personal time that they didn't have to necessarily give up to invest in our school and help us put a good proposal out there for our community.
“I think our community appreciated that and they showed it at the poll when they voted in favor of it.”
The money from Proposition 1 will fund an addition and renovation of the current Miami High School building with seventh and eighth graders currently at Will Rogers Middle School moved there.
A new 22-classroom building adjacent to the same location will double the current square footage of classroom space and will be the home for grades 9 through 12.
It also funds a new junior high entrance, a safe room that has room for 1,200 students, a new Dog Hut snack bar, expanded cafeteria seating, a new media center, computer lab and other site improvements.
The new high school wing, expected to be two stories, will be built just south of the current MHS entrance and west of the Miami Activity Center.
Work at Nichols includes the addition of 10 classrooms so sixth graders can be relocated there, as well as a storm shelter for all students and site improvements.
The current WRMS was built in 1947 with the current MHS building completed in 1969.
Hogan said it would likely be next week before the vote is certified at the state level.
He said he’s already been in contact with the company that is financing the bonds as to the exact days when the money will start coming in as well as architects to set up meetings to discuss the full plans and the construction manager about the bid process.
The Miami Board of Education also must approve the various steps.
“We want to get things moving as quickly as possible,” said Hogan, who is hoping that bids can be let by August or September.
Once that happens, the actual construction will begin.
“It’s a bit of a process to get there, but we’re definitely going to try to expedite that while also making sure that we are doing things the way they need to be done,” Hogan said.
Dayna Boynton of Boynton Williams & Associates is the principal architect over the project and the contractor will be Brewster Construction of Chouteau.