The Buchanan County R-IV School District will get a $1.65 million facilities renovation after more than 80 percent of voters extended a tax levy on Tuesday.
The R-IV district’s high school and middle school are in DeKalb, while the elementary and pre-kindergarten are in Rushville. Both need renovation and maintenance work. The issue passed by a 213-vote margin.
An extension of the $0.8486 per $100 valuation will allow the district to sell $1.65 million in bonds for the work. It includes improvements to the gymnasium, heating and cooling systems, new vocational/agriculture facility, roofs, windows and electrical upgrades. The issue needed a supermajority to pass, which it easily garnered. A total of 275 residents voted “yes,” while 62 voted “no.”
The Jefferson C-123 School District’s effort to get a new gymnasium needed a supermajority to pass, but failed by just a few votes. The issue was to approve a $0.75 per $100 valuation, which would assist in generating $1.5 million for a new gym. With 57 percent required, there were 228 “yes” votes, equaling 56.86 percent.
The Clinton County R-III School District’s attempt at a $0.30 levy increase failed, with 51 percent voting “no.” The increase was proposed to fund district salaries to attract and retain quality staff.
Two R-III school board members’ terms expire this month, with four competing for the positions. David Dow had the highest percentage of votes with 30 percent, followed by Bradley Lawrence with 26.85 percent. Frank Lewis had two fewer votes, getting 26.70 percent, while NeQuelle DeFord came in fourth with 15 percent.
The North Mercer R-III School District’s attempt to fund a vocational/agriculture building failed, with 54 percent voting down a Proposition C sales tax rollback. And Tri-County R-VII needed a simple majority to increase its operating levy by $.25 for five years, for transportation and infrastructure improvements, and it easily got it, with 157 voting “yes” and 73 voting “no.”