Post-referendum update

November 18, 2016

Last night’s regular Board meeting included the discussion item “Referendum Update and Next Steps.” Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt began with the following statement:

"With the failure of the District 200 bond-issue referendum, many community members have asked, what’s next? As the Board stated in a Sept. 22, 2016, resolution, it did not endorse any alternative plan and does not intend to pursue previously considered options to rebuild the existing pools in their current locations. The Board will begin discussing next steps in the process of resolving the high school’s facility needs at its Dec. 13, 2016, Special meeting."

The discussion was brief, with Board members noting that the referendum results have not yet been certified and that the Board of Elections has 14 days post-election to do so. Since the results were posted on the night of the election, absentee ballots have continued to be counted. As noted at the Board table last night, the Board of Elections reports that “no” votes still outweigh “yes” votes, though the gap has narrowed to 68 votes from 118 votes. The administration will come back to the Board’s special meeting on Dec. 13 with suggestions on a process for moving forward.