Taylor County students can look forward to better facilities thanks to the efforts of more than 1,500 residents and a school system dedicated to trying to provide the best for children.
County residents passed a $10.9 million school bond Saturday, with 1,561 voting in favor and 1,152 opposing.
Keeping in mind the tough economy, it's understandable that some residents have concerns about increasing taxes.
But it's good to see that a majority looked past present conditions in an effort to improve the future.
"This was critical to Taylor County," said school Superintendent Jane Reynolds. "I think it shows the people of Taylor County are ready to make a huge commitment to their children."
By passing the bond, much-needed improvements will be made to Grafton High School. The new facilities will include an outdoor athletic complex, gymnasium and a fine arts area.
The bond money also will be used to partially pay for a new grade school to serve the Hepzibah and Pruntytown areas. The school system also received $2.75 million from the state School Building Authority contingent on the bond's passing.
These new facilities should greatly improve the educational system for Taylor County students. Those who voted for it, as well as the school system, deserve praise for their commitment to the future.
John G. Miller