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Officials encourage voter turnout for special school levy election

Local - 10/3/2013 5:08 PM by Karen Franklin
LEWISBURG - The continuation of a Greenbrier County school levy is in the hands of its residents at the polls Saturday.

For almost 40 years, the majority of Greenbrier County residents have supported a levy for the maintenance and upgrades of its schools. 

If they levy passes, officials say much of the money over the next five years will go to security and technology.

"Our schools are not just about our schools," Greenbrier County Superintendent Sallie Dalton said. "It's about our communities. We represent our community. We need our children to be educated to be successful in their adult world, and we are able to offer so many more things with our excess levy because we have one."

The continuation of the levy will be up for vote on Saturday, nine months before it is set to expire. Election officials told Newswatch they've hired workers and programmed the machines.

"We are ready," County Clerk Robin Laudermilk said. "The supply bags were loaded today and supply commissioners will pick those up tomorrow, so we are ready and prepared."

Just over 600 people voted early. Both the county schools and election officials encourage people to cast a ballot.

Greenbrier County's 29 precincts are open Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The results will be posted in the first floor of the courthouse shortly after.

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