PITTSBURG — USD 250 voters approved a $31 million bond issue in a special election Tuesday.

The bond was approved with a total of 1,542 yes votes. A total of 641 no votes were cast.

Funds raised from the bond issue will be used to expand facilities at each of the district's six schools. USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said he appreciates the community turnout in this election.

“It’s been a long road,” Brown said. “We’re excited about how positively this is going to impact the district, and we really appreciate the community and the turnout.

“We’re happy we put out a package that the community supports.”

The bond will raise the district’s mill rate from 48.91 mills this year to 49.91 during the next fiscal year. One mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

With the bond issue approved, the district will quickly begin work on heating and air, the cafeteria and band rooms at Pittsburg High School, as well as the remodel of several science classrooms.

Expansion at Pittsburg Community Middle School will include an 800-person gymnasium with locker rooms and weight room.

The plan calls for two new classrooms at George Nettels and Meadowlark elementary schools, a cafeteria and kitchen at Lakeside and multipurpose room at Westside.

All of the additions will serve as storm shelters, and will also include a storm shelter to be built at the Family Resource Center, which provides early education to toddlers.

Brown said voters will see work beginning as early as this summer, with the replacement of heating and air systems at the high school.

“For the remodel and new buildings, it takes about 9 or 10 months to get the drawings and designs finalized,” Brown said. “We expect to start seeing work on the buildings after the first of next year, and we’re looking at about three years of construction.”

Election results are unofficial until canvassed by the Crawford County Commission on March 20.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.