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Union City voters passed a $1 million bond issue last April to renovate the elementary school and to build a new softball field.
 
By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

Union City Public Schools recently sold the bonds for a bond issue that passed earlier this year to renovate the elementary school and build a new softball field. Voters passed the $1 million bond issue on April 3 with a vote of 115-23. 

Union City Superintendent Todd Carel said the bonds were sold on Tuesday, July 10.

“We should start receiving the money on August 23, but we won’t start working on the school until next summer,” Carel said. “We will start receiving the money right when school begins and we want to wait until school is out to begin working on it.”

Carel said the funds will be used to renovate the elementary school building that was built in 1937.

“The bones of the building are in good shape and it has a new roof, but if this passes we will put in new ceiling tiles, flooring, sheetrock, exterior doors and new bathrooms,” he said. “It will be like walking into a new building.”

Several bids were sent out on the project for different jobs.

“We had bids for electricians, plumbers and so forth,” he said. 

The bond issue also covered the construction of a new softball field.

“Work on that should start in the next few months,” he said. “We have a general area of where we want to put it.”

Carel said the school district has 40 acres of land northwest of the school and is planning on having the field placed somewhere on the plot of land. 

“We are surveying the land to see where it would be best to put it,” he said. “That is the first step of the process.”

Ad valorem, or property taxes, will be used to pay for the bond issue. 

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