Durham County voters back $170M in bonds

Voters supported $170 million in bonds for Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, the Museum of Life and Science and the Main Library downtown, according to results at 9:50 p.m.


DPS’s $90 million bond will support replacing Northern High School on its current site and renovating Eno Valley Elementary School. Construction for Northern could start in spring 2018, with the new building opening and the old building being demolished in fall 2020. The money will also support systemwide security and safety measures, roofing upgrades, HVAC system upgrades, lighting upgrades, renovations and repairs to high school athletic facilities and improvements projects.

Durham Tech’s $20 million bond will support a 45,000 to 60,000 square-foot expansion of the Newton Technology Center, to consolidate construction trades and industrial systems programs, technology upgrades and modernization of electrical, electronics and engineering technologies programs. It will also allow the college to expand capacity to train hybrid and diesel mechanics.

The Main Library’s $43.3 million renovation will support a 20,000 square-foot expansion and complete reconfiguration. The remodeled building on Roxboro Street downtown will have lots of glass, a porch area, rooftop terrace and art garden.If the project moves forward, the library will close in early 2017 and reopen in early 2019.

The museum’s $14.1 million bond will expand its parking capacity by up to 375 spaces in a new deck. The money will also support exhibit maintenance and upgrades across the campus, along with improved access, including a new school group entry and two new classrooms.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges


School Bond

For 84.77%

Against 15.23%

Library Bond

For 79.56%

Against 20.44%

Community College Bond

For 83.52%

Against 16.48%

Museum Bond

For 77.68%

Against 22.32%

52 of 57 precincts reporting