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Rankin Co. voters decide on school bond issue

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BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - Rankin County School District officials are asking voters to approve a $169.5 million bond issue to fund massive infrastructure additions and upgrades.

The last bond issue to go before Rankin voters passed with more than 80% approval in 2001, and district officials hope Tuesday's vote will be similar.

The $69 million issue a decade ago was passed during a more generous economic climate, but school officials say now is the best time to go for a bond issue because of lower construction costs and favorable bond ratings.

If approved, the bond would fund a new Northwest Rankin High for grades 10-12, a new Brandon Elementary and a new McLaurin High.

The remainder of the funds would go toward upgrades across the district.

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