School district's millage increase passes

School district's millage increase passes

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - The Osceola School District will soon see improvements to their campus.

According to Superintendent Mike Cox, the proposed 1.5 millage increase passed Tuesday night.

Unofficial results show 488 people voted for the increase and 321 voted against it.

The millage increase will pay for a new basketball arena as well as upgrades to the football field and track.

The new arena will have 1,800 seats in it.

The football field will get astroturf and the track that is currently asphalt will have a rubberized surface and be upgraded to 8 lanes, allowing for the school to host track meets in the future.

The district will have two contractors on the projects, one for the track and field and another one for basketball.

Once the results are finalized, work will start on the football field first.

Cox said they hope to have it ready by the first home game in the middle of September.

During that time, they'll also start on upgrades to the track in order to have it completed by track season next spring.

They hope to have the arena useable by fall of the 2017-2018 school year.

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