RIVERSIDE SUPERINTENDENT WEIGHS IN ON FAILED BOND ISSUE
(OAKLAND) Riverside Superintendent Jim Sutton is weighing in on the failed $12.5 million bond issue for a new school Tuesday night.
The Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office says 802 people voted yes and 724 voted no, failing to clear the 60 percent super majority needed to approve the bond issue. 916 votes were needed to pass the bond issue.
Sutton says the next step is to go back and visit with the board about the specifics of the election.
“We did not get a super majority, but we did get a majority, which means that a majority of the people in our district that voted believe that Riverside needs a new school and that’s something for the board to consider and then it’s up to them as to whether or not we move forward and if so, how?,” said Sutton.
Sutton said the key is to get the information out to the people and hopefully they can do another bond election in the future.
“We spent a lot of time telling people the story here as far as what we wanted to have them vote on and we probably reached about 600 or 650 people, but we can see from this election; which happened to be I think probably a historical one in turns of the turnout, we have to reach more people, we have to figure out how to get the information out because I think that once people understands what the plan is and what it will cost to them and the benefits to our students, I think we will get that super majority,” said Sutton.
Sutton said the board purchased 70 acres of land in November with every intention of having a new school. What happens with that land with be part of future discussions with the board.