Conway residents voted 2988 to 1290 in favor of the Conway School District’s sought after 1.9 mills increase to fund the school’s 2012 plan.

The plan, with its five parts, includes a new high school, a renovated Conway High School-West campus and a new elementary school on the south side of Conway.

The increase, about $57 yearly to the "average" homeowner of a $150,000 home, will be used to service debt "associated with the construction of a new elementary school and the reconstruction of the Conway High School-West campus, as well as additional operational cost."

The district’s 2012 Committee campaigned for the passage of the increase with paid advertisement, open-house visits and printed, informative pieces.

Both the administration and the committee shared Murry’s belief that the current high school’s facilities were dated and were "not what Conway’s students deserve."

Early plans for the campus show a three-story, 160,000 square-foot high school with a price tag of $40 million, with campus renovations.

The last time a millage increase was put to Conway district voters was 2004, with an increase of 4 mills. According to Murry, that millage passed with a 60 percent favor.

The district’s millage rate will sit at 38.1 mills.

"This is a great day for our kids," Murry said. "I’m proud that the community realized this need for our school and its students. This once again shows how much Conway values its kids and education."

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