ST. GEORGE — Residents overwhelmingly approved Tuesday evening, July 19, the construction and equipping of a career and technical school on the municipal school grounds.

The single ballot question before voters was whether to approve spending of up to $1.5 million which will be paid fully by donations and grants. The vote was 149-5 in favor of the ballot item.

The new school building will be used for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade and include shop space for metal work, woodworking, boatbuilding, a classroom/gallery, and makers space.

The idea for this project came from parents and community members who understood the importance of hands-on learning and remembered the work of the Lillius Gilchrist Grace Institute, which for more than 70 years provided St. George students with training in carpentry, metal working and the culinary arts, the school stated in a news release earlier this year.

The organizers raised $1.2 million in grants, private donations, business sponsorship, and a Buy-A-Brick fundraiser as of mid-May.

If all the money is raised, groundbreaking could occur by the end of the year.