Millard is back to its winning ways.
Voters approved a scaled-down $79.9 million bond issue proposed by the Millard school board to bolster security, add classrooms and fix deteriorating buildings.
Superintendent Keith Lutz said he was grateful to voters for addressing the district's vital needs.
“This one was really important to us,” Lutz said.
He said the district won't waste any time moving ahead with projects. On Monday, he'll recommend that the school board approve designs for classroom additions to Upchurch and Rohwer Elementary Schools and put them out for bids. The projects could be completed next fall.
“We will not be letting the grass grow under our feet,” Lutz said.
In November 2011, Millard voters rejected a $140.8 million bond issue that was criticized as too large, especially during a bad economy. That proposal, which included artificial turf fields at two high schools, was Millard's first failed bond issue since the 1950s.
Mike Pate, president of the school board, said the economic situation and the proposal itself were much different back then.
“There's a certain arrogance we had back then that we're Millard and people support us. And, well, we didn't give them enough credit,” Pate said.
Security spending accounts for about 38 percent of the revised bond issue. Also on tap: Replace what officials say are deteriorating and failing infrastructure, add space to Black Elk Elementary and Millard West and Millard South High Schools, a large renovation at Millard North and work at Bryan Elementary and the Ron Witt Support Services Center.