Sunflower County voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a $31 million school bond issue, representing the most significant investment in education facilities in the county in decades.
Only around 2,700 people cast ballots across the county, according to unofficial results on Tuesday night, but over 1,800 of those were cast in favor of the bond, which amounted to about 70% of the vote.
“WE DID IT!!!!! The people of Sunflower County have spoken through their vote!!,” Sunflower County Consolidated School District Superintendent Miskia Davis said on Tuesday night in a text message to The Enterprise-Tocsin. “The District fulfilled its promise to move our district and schools out of failing status, and the citizens showed their commitment to our district, schools and community by coming out and voting for the bond issue!!”
The $31 million will be coupled with tens of millions of dollars coming to the district in the form of COVID-19 relief funds.
The bond will allow the district make major overhauls to its schools, paritularly its high schools on the north end, Thomas E. Edwards and the south end of the county, Gentry High School.
Plans are in place to completely transform Gentry with the scaled demolition of its exterior classrooms and the construction of all new interior classrooms.
“We are excited and celebrating tonight, but we recognize the work is not done!!,” Davis said. “But for tonight, we give thanks, and we bask in the moment. I’d like to extend a special thank you to my board for having the courage to move forward with the bond issue in this difficult season, and to all the community members who took the baton and ran with it. This win was a joint effort, and the biggest winners will be in the classrooms on tomorrow!! CONGRATULATIONS students of SCCSD!!! This one’s for you!!! #WINNING.”