Chamberlain voters approve bond Tuesday night

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D.(KMIT & DRGNews)- Chamberlain voters passed a $5.5 million bond issue on Tuesday after construction costs for a new elementary school and other upgrades skyrocketed due to inflation.

84 percent of voters approved the bond issue.  60 percent voter approval was needed for the bond issue to pass.

In addition to the new elementary school, upgrades included a new gym, new locker rooms, a track upgrade, a concession stand, and a theater upgrade.

Supt. Dr. Justin Zajic (z-eye-tz, like kites) says the original cost for the school and upgrades was around $28 million, but inflation pushed it up to nearly $35 million.

Zajic says the cost of the bond is up to $5.5 million.

Zajic says these improvements have been in the works for decades.

A groundbreaking for the new elementary school was held last week.