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LPS "Overwhelmed" by Bond Passage

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By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

When it comes down to it, it wasn't even close. Lincoln voters approved the $153 million LPS bond by a two-thirds margin.

"In all truth, we're elated, we're overwhelmed, and we're humbled," Keith Prettyman said. The former LPS Board member co-chaired campaign and the superintendent's faculty advisory committee. 

The unofficial final results are as follows: 

                            For: 39,153 (66.8%)
                            Against: 19,597 (33.2%)

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel also called the results overwhelming, even joking he was up around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning worrying if they had done enough.

"The difference between Lincoln and a lot of communities in America is people here are willing to roll-up there sleeves and step up in support," he said.

The bond will pay for a new elementary and middle school, as well as the joint-venture Career Academy with Southeast Community College.

It will also pay for several security and infrastructure upgrades.

This was Lincoln's first ever mail-in election, and there were plenty of last-minute voters.

"The kids are our future," Carrie Stuart said. "We have to do everything we can for them."

LPS parent Kimberly Morgan brought her son to the election office, hoping to set a good example.

"We teach our children it's important to be a part of the voting process," she said.

58,800 registered voters cast a ballot, that's a 36-percent turnout. Or, about 12-percent more than the turnout for the 2006 LPS Bond election.

"In the end, I think getting more people involved in the process was our goal, and it worked," Lancaster County Election Commissioner, David Shively, said.

So what's next?

Dr. Steve Joel already knows his number one priority.

"The Career Center is going to be pressing," he said. "Plans are already underway so I think that'll be the first thing that transpires."

It's scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

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