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Voters Reject Keokuk Bond Measure

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The district hoped to make improvements to Keokuk High School and complete other projects.

The special election in Keokuk did not go well for the school district, which asked voters to approve a $19.9 million bond issue.

The measure needed 60% support to pass during Tuesday’s balloting. Instead, 62% of voters opposed it (608 voted “no,” 307 voted “yes”).

The money would have paid for four projects:

  • Construction of a new building for Grades 3-5
  • The addition of a performing arts space at Keokuk High School and an improved secure entrance
  • Upgrades to Calvert Stadium
  • The addition of a cafeteria/multi-purpose room for Hawthorne Elementary

More details can be found here.

In a statement, Interim Superintendent Dan Mart said the district is disappointed with the result, though they appreciate those who expressed their opinions through the ballot box.

He said the district will seek input to develop a more favorable proposal.

Dr. Mart said September, 2022 is the earliest the district can call for another special election on the matter.

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