Lawrence voters left little doubt about their support for local schools Tuesday.
A bond issue that many supporters thought would be decided in a close vote won easily by a margin of 74 percent to 26 percent. The $29.9 million bond issue will allow the school district to build two new elementary schools and a new junior high, build an addition to Wakarusa Valley School and do extensive renovations to Lawrence High School and Central Junior High.
Exit pollers at some local polling places asked voters not only how they voted on Tuesday's bond question but whether they would support another bond issue to build a new high school in about two years. Because it may involve splitting LHS and shifting ninth-graders to the high school level, a high school bond issue is bound to be a more complicated and controversial question for voters. But Tuesday's vote makes it clear that local voters do want to have strong schools that provide the best possible education for their students.
School officials now can move ahead on planning for the new facilities to ease crowding in existing schools and do away with the plethora of portable classrooms that have sprung up around town. They should be pleased about the show of support voters gave the school district on Tuesday and do their best to spend the bond issue dollars wisely and live up to the vote of confidence they received.