Hart Ransom Union School District looked poised to pass its first school bond Tuesday night.
With 100 percent of the vote unofficially counted, Measure G had 265 votes, or 60.36 percent. It needed 55 percent to pass.
The vote was good news to parents, educators and athletes.
The $3.9 million school bond would help pay for a list of projects including a new multiuse building for the two-school district of about 1,000 kindergartners through eighth-graders.
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The old building is so small that spectators at basketball games have to line up against the walls or watch from the doorway.
There isn't even enough room for volleyball games, so they are held on the concrete outside.
"Our multipurpose room is outdated, and we just need a bigger room," said Valarie Cruce, who has three sons at the school and who headed the Measure G campaign.
The constraints led the district's former athletic organization, Mid Valley Athletic League, to drop it earlier this year for safety reasons.
Since then, the athletic director has lined up games with nonleague schools, usually at the other team's school.
Among the other upgrades the bond would pay for are classrooms for the arts, space for a preschool program and room to accommodate a longer school day for kindergartners.
"I'm looking forward to just getting things rolling," said Superintendent Ream Lochry on Tuesday night. "We've been waiting for such a long time. I'm ready to hit the ground running tomorrow if this passes."
To the south, the Denair Unified School District also appeared poised to pass a school bond Tuesday night. The $13 million school bond, Measure K, had 656 votes, or 63.44 percent, with 89.95 percent of votes counted in Tuesday's election. It needed 55 percent to pass.
Superintendent Ed Parraz said he felt optimistic the bond would pass given vote tallies available Tuesday night and the feedback from voters during the campaign.
"We're delighted," Parraz said. "We're getting the community's support. It is kind of a vote of confidence that we are going in the right direction. Denair is a very special place, and we are going to build a very special school. We're looking forward to getting started on our new project."
The old middle school is next to Denair Elementary School. It would be rebuilt in a larger campus across Lester Road next to Denair High School to accommodate more students.
Most of the growth in Denair's schools is at the elementary level. Those students would take over empty classrooms at the old middle school; as they graduate, they'd find enough room at the new middle school, under the district's plan.
The new middle school would accommodate 500 students compared with the 315 at the old school.
The plan does away with some of the aging portable or "relocatable" classrooms at the elemen-tary school. And it means the high school would share access to new facilities, including tennis courts.
The Measure K bonds would pay for the middle school's multipurpose room, library, administration building and playgrounds. The state would pay for classrooms. The bonds would be repaid over 30 years.
Bee staff writer Inga Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 599-8760.