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HULL, Iowa | Improvements will be coming to schools in each of the towns of the Boyden-Hull School District, after voters approved financing for the modernization project.

Voters in the Boyden-Hull district on Tuesday approved a $9.85 million bond issue. Iowa law requires a 60 percent threshold to pass bond issues, and the B-H measure narrowly moved past that.

The final vote was 426 for the measure and 269 against it, for 61.2 percent, according to results from the Sioux County Auditor's Office.

The $9.85 million will be added to other district sales tax money, in order to have a total $11.2 million project. The construction work ahead includes improvements to the elementary school in Boyden and junior/senior high school in Hull.

"We are thankful for the continued support that our communities provide for all of the educational institutions in Boyden and Hull," Superintendent Steve Grond said Thursday.

In a district newsletter in December, Grond wrote that the Hull building has the most pressing needs.

"Renovation and addition of educational spaces should ensure that all areas meet 21st century standards and allow for these areas to be highly functioning for decades to come," Grond said.

He said the impact on residential owners is that the property tax levy would rise by at most 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

"We’ll begin construction on the new sections during the summer of 2018. Once the new construction is completed, we will begin remodeling existing spaces," Grond wrote in another piece on the district's website.

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