By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Schools Superintendent Mike Wank thanked the community Monday for the renewal of the district’s 1 percent, five-year income tax, which was approved last week with nearly 60 percent of the vote in favor.
The tax generates an average of $1.17 million annually for day-to-day district operations. The tax was first approved in 2004 and has been renewed regularly since then.
Wank said the issue was approved in all precincts.
“The community comes through when it’s time to support the students,” he said.
Separately, the superintendent said Dan Vaughn and the athletic boosters are continuing efforts to raise funds for construction of baseball and softball diamonds on school property.
The project is estimated at more than $265,000, and donors are being sought to help fund it. Companies and individuals are contributing to the effort, Wank said, and donations have been received to pay for construction of the four dugouts. He didn’t have the exact amount raised.
“A lot of people are contacting (Vaughn) who want to be part of that project,” Wank said.
Preparation work has begun and electric conduit installation is being planned, he said.
The diamonds are expected to be ready for use by late spring. They will replace the varsity baseball diamond in Memorial Park and the varsity softball diamond in Waterworks Park.
Separately, the school board approved Mark McDougle as a Dorcas Carey Public Library board member. He will serve a seven-year term.