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Voters Reject Bond Issues in Fort Madison, Danville Schools

Dec 7, 2016

Residents of two southeast Iowa school districts went to the polls, Tuesday, and rejected plans for each district to borrow millions of dollars for facility improvements.

The Fort Madison School District wanted to spend roughly $27-million on a new elementary school. The measure required 60% approval, but only received about 49%.

The new school would have replaced Richardson and Lincoln Elementary Schools, which the district said are too small and inaccessible.

Superintendent Erin Slater, in an email to Tri States Public Radio late Tuesday night, thanked the community for voting, adding that the school district will listen to its stakeholders as it plans for the future.

Meanwhile, a couple dozen miles to the north, residents of the Danville School District voted down a proposal to borrow roughly $4.1-million to improve the elementary school and replace heating and air conditioning units.

The bond referendum required 60% support for passage as well. It received about 49% support.

RESULTS

Fort Madison - $27-million bond

  • Yes - 714
  • No - 756

Danville - $4.1-million bond

  • Yes - 217
  • No - 230