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Primary election: Shepherd School bonds pass

The elementary and high schools would see nearly $12 million
Posted: 8:13 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 00:08:38-04
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BILLINGS — Update 8:24 p.m. Final results show both the Shepherd elementary and high school bond measures have passed.

The elementary school measure passed 728 to 627 votes, or 53 percent to 46 percent.

The high school measure passed 959 to 807 votes, or 54 to 45 percent.

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Early returns indicate the Shepherd school district will see nearly $12 million from two bonds that are leading in Tuesday's Yellowstone County primary election.

The elementary school bond worth $7.9 million is leading 724 to 626, or 53 percent to 46 percent.

The high school bond worth $3.9 million is leading 956 to 805, or 54 percent to 45 percent.

The measures will pay for improvements to the elementary school, and renovations for the high school.

The bonds will also help alleviate overcrowding concerns at the school, which hasn’t seen major upgrades in nearly 30 years.

The Shepherd schools needed the bond even before a large hail storm hit the Yellowstone valley in August . The storm caused an additional $2 million worth of damage to the school.

Voters in Shepherd rejected a $17 million school bond measure in May: 759 to 725 votes.

Click here to see the primary election results.