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Nov 18, 2013 10:26 AM by AP

Central voters agree to extend school tax

CENTRAL, La. (AP) - Voters in Central approved a school proposition to allow the district to borrow $13.1 million and repay the bonds by extending an existing property tax for five years.

The measure passed with 59 percent of the vote.

The Advocate reports the funds will be used to build a ninth-grade academy at Central High and for other improvements.

Central Superintendent Michael Faulk said Saturday night the district will be able to spend about $5.8 million on a new two-story academy, with 14 classrooms, four science labs and two technology labs for 480 students.

Passage of the ballot issue extends the tax for five years so the school system can sell more bonds to fund the new construction needs.

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