The effort to build a new $16 million elementary school in Bellevue failed to pass Tuesday night, with 43 percent voting yes and 57 percent voting no.
According to the numbers from the Jackson County Auditor’s office, 1,887 patrons (54 percent) of the Bellevue School District cast ballots out of 3,300 eligible voters.
In a quick summary, the Bellevue Elementary building was defeated 57% to 43% with 1887 people voting (out of roughly 3300 total voters). The measure would have needed at least 60 percent approval to pass.
“It was great to see a large voter turnout in the Bellevue Elementary School referendum vote. It allowed our community to be involved, which was what the district strived for from the beginning,” said Bellevue Community Schools Superintendent Tom Meyer. “While I believe it was unfortunate this did not pass, it is time for our community to truly evaluate what we believe in and what needs to be done in the future with the Bellevue Elementary.”
Meyer said the school district will continue to work to develop future plans.
“As I have mentioned before, Bellevue is an exceptional community and any type of ‘divide’ based on personal opinions and perspectives which people have differences about must be handled in a civil manner. The residents of the Bellevue Community School District are very dedicated people, and we must all work together to make things even better for everyone involved.”
Unofficial results reveal that 821 district residents voted in favor of the $16 million bond measure. With support from just 43 percent of voters, the measure failed to meet the 60 percent threshold.
A second ballot question requesting permission to increase the district’s levy to pay off the bonds also was rejected, garnering 795 yes votes to 1,063 against.
The money would have been used to build a new elementary school building near the current high school. The existing elementary building has been around since 1848 and is said to be one of the oldest school buildings in use in the state of Iowa.