By STEVE EIGHINGER
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SHELBINA, Mo. -- Voters soundly rejected Proposition 2, a measure that would have permitted the Shelby County R-IV District to issue $8.4 million in bonds to build a new elementary school and make repairs and renovations to the high school and middle school.
The 778-497 vote means 61 percent of the ballots cast were against the proposal.
Proposition 2 asked voters to consider raising the district's levy from $3.75 to $4.64 per $100 of assessed valuation so the district could issue $8.4 million in general obligation bonds. The 89-cent boost would have added a debt service portion to the overall rate, since the district currently doesn't levy for bond repayment.
Plans for a $6 million elementary school, to be built on the same Shelbina campus that hosts the middle school and high school, would have included energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and state-of-the-art technological features. A tornado-safe gymnasium that could shelter all South Shelby students in an emergency also was proposed.
However, many people in Clarence were not in favor of discontinuing operations at a 30-year-old elementary school in Clarence that doesn't require drastic improvements.
In other key outcomes:
º Brian Threlkeld (692 votes) and Scott Gough (538) were elected to three-year terms on the Shelby County R-IV School Board. Gary Wear finished a close third (525), while Jerry Fenton (437) was fourth.
º Matt Zachariah won a term for one year on the Shelby County R-IV School Board. Zachariah earned 541 votes, or 43 percent of the ballot. James "Babe" Simpson (324) was runner-up, followed by Nick Broughton (145), Forrest Bollow (103), Nathan Hillard (76) and Rich Morrow (64).
º Bill Reitz and Brandy L. Uhlmeyer were elected to the North Shelby School Board. Reitz had 188 votes, Uhlmeyer 176, Debbie Coonrod 155 and Albert M. Meyers 76.
º Jason Leake defeated Jerry Porter 8-4 for an aldermanic seat in Hunnewell.
º Lori Wilcox, Jim Roger and Donna Belt were elected to two-year terms as directors in Leonard. Wilcox (16), Rogers (12) and Belt (3) combined for 31 of the 36 ballots cast for eight candidates.