MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - After the 2006 tornado hit Marmaduke, nearly 70 students left the district due to damage to homes and families moving to a different town. The money lost has impacted the school district significantly.
"Over a six year period we lost over $2,000,000 we would have had if that tornado did not happen, just due to losing students," said Gardner
Superintendent Gardner said passing this millage increase will help the schools maintain certain testing requirements.
"Most of it is going to be for technology," said Gardner. "The requirements for the common core standards are going to require that all students be tested online."
It will also be used to ensure safety on all campuses.
"We would like to add some security cameras and some different things of that nature," said Gardner.
Their focus is to be able to move forward and to avoid being the underdog.
"We are not in jeopardy of losing a school at this time," said Gardner. "We're just trying to be proactive and hopefully get more money to generate, so we can do the things we know we need to do to keep up with the other districts in the area."
Gardner said passing the millage increase now, will avoid problems they could have later.
"If it doesn't pass I would not rule out that we could really have some problems five or six years down the road," said Gardner. "We'd like to go ahead and get this started now so we don't have to worry about it in the future."