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Caddo Parish voters on Saturday overwhelmingly reaffirmed their funding of public education with the successful approval of a millage proposal designed to address districtwide operational needs, according to complete but unofficial results.

The results show voters approved an $88.3 million, .6 mill proposal to support heating and air conditioning upgrades throughout the district, update the district’s aging bus fleet and increase safety and security on school campuses. The millage does not increase tax rates, but does continue an existing millage.

“Since we first began discussing this millage, it has been centrally focused on the needs of our students from comfortable and safe learning environments to a functioning bus fleet,” said Dr. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “We thank the voters of Caddo Parish for recognizing that need and allowing our district the opportunity to now get to work in updating and improving schools and buses throughout our parish.”

Caddo Parish School Board President Mary Trammel said she is proud of the community’s efforts to see the value of the proposed projects in enhancing student learning.

“I join my fellow Board members in celebrating the positive results of tonight’s election and thanking our voting public for supporting our students, teachers and staff through the approval of this portion of a millage,” Trammel said. “Tonight’s results come as we continue to increase opportunities for children, and we are excited for the future of this district as strive for excellence.”