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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 7:51 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

The Board of Trustees for the Henderson Independent School District canvassed the votes from Saturday’s bond election at its Tuesday night meeting and will have a special meeting at noon Monday to decide how to proceed, Superintendent Keith Boles said.

“We’re very excited and appreciative of this community’s vote of confidence,” Boles said.

Voters approved a $27 million bond package to fund construction of a new middle school.

After a similar proposition was narrowly defeated in November 2011, it passed by a wide margin May 11, with 1,515 approving the measure and 694 against it.

The current middle school was built in 1953 and houses sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Bond proponents had cited concerns about safety, size and technology limitations in their quest for the proposition’s passage.

“This is an opportunity for us to provide a state-of-the-art facility for our students,” Boles said.

The new school is scheduled to open in August of 2015, he said.

Steven Booker, who headed the political action committee dedicated to the bond’s passage, came to the meeting to thank the board members for their willingness to call the election.

In other business, the board approved a 2 percent raise for the district’s auxiliary and professional employees.

The board had approved teacher raises of $1,000 to $1,250, depending on their step, at a previous meeting, Boles said.

The board also discussed campus security and approved a project for security enhancement this summer which will focus primarily on the high school and Northside Intermediate School, he said.

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