With referendum passed, school project ready to shift into next gear

If there was ever any public doubt about the importance of the two-year facilities upgrade at Tracy Area Public Schools, voters in the school district proved last week that the project is more than necessary.

By a vote of 572-277 — a 67% approval rating) — area voters last week agreed to take on a property tax increase that will help support the $26 million-plus project, which will begin next summer when work on both schools below the ceiling will start. All the work above the ceiling will take place in 2024.

“The response by the community for the referendum will have a positive impact on the health and safety of our district for the next generations of students attending our great schools,” TAPS Supt. Chad Anderson said. “Approval of the referendum question allows the district to focus on the replacement and upgrading of building systems needed to support a safe and efficient educational environment for students and staff. We will now be able to invest the time and resources into our facilities to ensure we continue to provide a safe and healthy place for our students to learn.”

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