- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Lowndes County school patrons have approved a $44 million bond issue.

Local media reports show that complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday showed the bond issue receiving 62 percent approval. The bond issue required approval of 60 percent of those voting.

The bond issue would pay for an $11 million career-technical center as well as a $26 million new high school in New Hope.

It also would provide for $3 million for upgrades and additions at the Caledonia campus; $1.9 million for a new field house at Caledonia; and $2 million for renovations on the West Lowndes campus.

The bond issue is the second phase of a total $75 million worth of improvements to the district. The first phase came without a bond issue.

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