School leaders in Colfax-Mingo are now moving ahead with plans to make some significant facility improvements as voters have overwhelmingly approved a 12-million dollar bond issue. The results of yesterday’s election show 76.6-percent of the district residents who voted supported plans to build new athletic facilities.

That’s Colfax-Mingo Superintendent Erik Anderson. He says the improvements are phase 1 of a 3-phase plan to improve all the District’s facilities in Colfax and Mingo over the next 15 years. 60-percent approval was needed for passage of the bond. The vote total was 778 “yes” 237 “No”.

Meanwhile…Jasper County voters who voted in the Iowa Valley Community College District’s $32 million General Obligation Bond Referendum were almost evenly split. 35 voted “Yes” 34 voted “No”. District wide the question, which was before voters for a second time, was approved with 62.43% of the vote. The required 60% approval was exceeded by an estimated 268 votes. A total of 11,067 ballots were cast across the District’s 10-county area, with 6,909 votes in favor of the referendum and 4,158 against. Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor, says the general obligation bond funding will update facilities and critical infrastructures to better serve our students and our communities into the future.