The no-tax increase bond issue to help with improvements at the Marion County R-2 School was approved by an overwhelming majority last Tuesday.

Proposition KIDS (Keep Improving District School) passed 203 yes (89.04 percent) to 25 no (10.96 percent).

According to County Clerk Valerie Dornberger, Union Township which votes in the Philadelphia Community Center had a 26.48 percent voter turnout to vote on the issue.

Superintendent Tony DeGrave said he was pleased by the result.

“I was nervous. You never know how these things will go,” he said. “But the support the community gave to this was incredible.”

Approval of the proposition will allow the R-2 Board of Education to borrow $850,000 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, upgrade campus security and complete exterior and interior improvements.

Since it is a no-tax-increase issue, the debt service levy will remain unchanged at $0.5786 per $100 assessed valuation.

At their November meeting, the R-2 board had approved GRP firm out of St. Louis to work with the district on facility upgrades.

Because of that, work can begin soon on the project.

“They’ll be doing preparation work as early as later this month with plans to start to work when school lets out,” DeGrave said.