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Voters reject Shelby County bond issue to build elementary school

South Shelby High School students Caleb Barber and Ethan Lanpher work on tablet computers during class in the school in Shelbina, Mo. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
Posted: Apr. 8, 2015 1:29 am Updated: Apr. 22, 2015 1:52 am

By STEVE EIGHINGER
Staff Writer | 217-221-3377
seighinger@whig.com | @StevieDirtWHIG

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:

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.

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).

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.

Jason Leake defeated Jerry Porter 8-4 for an aldermanic seat in Hunnewell.

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.

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