Note – This article originally appeared in the Huron Daily Tribune on May 9, 2018.
PIGEON — Voters supported the “next generation” of Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker students by passing the district’s bond and sinking fund proposals, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results.
Voters said “yes” to Lakers’ bond proposal 677 to 589. They also passed a sinking fund proposal 853 to 407.
“I think it means the world,” Superintendent Brian Keim told the Tribune after seeing the results. “Immediately, our kids are going to have access to world-class facilities, programs and learning opportunities that are usually reserved for students in more urban settings.”
“I couldn’t be more thankful from the show of support from our rural community,” he added.
The bond proposal is a 25-year bond that is a 1.35 mill increase over last year’s levy. The sinking fund proposal is for 1 mill over the next five years.
Keim said one of the first projects the district will tackle is replacing roofs.
“There’s some serious leaking issues in the elementary school and with some of the recent wind storms, some of the roof was torn off,” he explained.
The district will also be home to an all-sports field house. The 56,460-square foot building will feature an indoor turf area, two basketball courts with composite floors for tennis, softball, baseball, track, aerobics and dance, a walking track, cardio and machine fitness area for student, staff and community use, restrooms for indoor and outdoor use, a concession area for indoor and outdoor use and a lounge and lobby area for parent and community use.
“Our kids are going to have unprecedented opportunities and that’s what we’re in this business for,” he added.