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Charlotte voters approve education bonds

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CHARLOTTE -- It was a short night's work for supporters of the Vote Yes 4 Education Bonds campaign.

"It's a big victory for the community," said a very excited Dr. Heath Morrison.

Voters in Mecklenburg County not only supported the $290 million bond referendum for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, but made it one of the largest victories ever for a school bond's campaign.

"Education is such an important pillar for our community," said Dr. Morrison. "This is going to give us an important opportunity to build new schools, renovate some schools, educate our children."

The bond money will be used for 17 projects across the district. Voters also approved a $210 million bond for Central Piedmont Community College.

"From early on it was clear the community was and always has been in support of education," said Natalie English, campaign manager for the education bonds.

The Charlotte Chamber not only supports the school bonds, but spearheaded the campaign saying strong education is critical to growing business.

"When we recruit businesses, the first question we always get asked is 'how are your schools?'" said English.

Campaign supporters say the large margin of victory for the bonds sends a strong message.

"I'm a very grateful superintendent. What an honor it is to be a superintendent for a community that cares this much," said Dr. Morrison.

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