Voters by a narrow margin approved a $62 million bond issue to rebuild several community schools that were destroyed by last spring’s deadly tornadoes.

Combined with money from insurance companies, a high school, middle school and two elementary schools will be rebuilt or significantly repaired.

The measure required a four-sevenths, or 57.14 percent, majority to pass. In the end, 57.68 percent of voters supported the bond issue.

The estimated rebuilding cost for all the schools and other associated projects is $185 million. Total estimated insurance, government funding and donations now stand at $123 million, leaving the $62 million gap.

"It certainly was a big win for the kids, and certainly we’ll have the opportunity to follow through with our promises to get the job done,” said Superintendent C.J. Huff.

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