|The parents, students and supporters of isolated Meadow Bridge High School joined hands in a prayer circle Thursday night to save their community school, praying that Fayette County voters would defeat Saturday's $39 million bond (with the State School Building Authority adding $25 million if passed) a vote that would be the death knell for the isolated school.|
Kelvin Holliday, Fayette County Clerk, said Saturday night after all the votes from the 39 precincts were counted, 4,662 voted "no" and 2,870 voted "yes".
A school bond has not been passed in Fayette County in over 40 years.
The levy was configured by the Fayette school system, operated by state education officials after a takeover, calling for the closure of Meadow Bridge and Fayetteville High Schools, if passed.
Carolyn Arritt, a retired Meadow Bridge teacher and community school supporter, said "Our beloved school has been saved."
Emotions were high in Fayette County communities over the closure of several community schools.
Meadow Bridge Principal Mark Skaggs, a school with about 250 students, said "They truly love their school and support it in all kinds of ways and in my mind that's perhaps what will be lost if the bond does pass and the school is closed."
A Fayette County school board member, Leon Ivey, said "If a bond fails (changing the CEFP consolidation plan) ... there should be a call for blood in every community across (Fayette) county."
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