Denair appeared poised for a new middle school Tuesday night.
The $13 million school bond that would pay for it, Measure K, had 656 votes, or 63.44 percent, with 90 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 move across Lester Road next to Denair High School, where a larger campus would be built to accommodate more students.
Most of the growth in Denair's schools is at the elementary level. These students would take over empty classrooms at the old middle school. The new, larger middle school could accommodate these students as they get older, under the district's plan.
The new middle school would have room for 500 students, compared with 315 at the old school.
The plan does away with some of the aging portable or "relocatable" classrooms at the elementary 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.
School officials and boosters at Hart Ransom Union School District in rural Modesto saw their bond passing Tuesday night, as well.
Measure G would allow a $3.9 million bond sale. It would be used to refurbish the two-school district rather than expand. The bond would be repaid over 40 years.
With 90 percent of the vote counted, Measure G had 265 votes, or 60.4 percent. It needed 55 percent of the vote to pass.
Among the list of projects is a new multiuse building. 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"Our multipurpose room is outdated, and we just need a bigger room," said Valarie Cruce, who has three sons at the school.
Cruce led the campaign to pass Measure G and was cautiously optimistic the bond would pass.
The constraints led the school's athletic organization, Mid Valley Athletic League, to drop the school earlier this year for safety reasons.
Since then, the school's 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.
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