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$51-Million Bond Issue Fails in Johnston

The issue failed to get a 60 percent approval from voters.

It was a close race at the polls, but it looks like it's back to the drawing board for the Johnston School District.

Voters in the failed to approve a .

The bond issue failed with 55.35 percent approval, or 2,684 votes yes, according to unofficial results form the Polk County Auditors Office. The bond needed a 60 percent approval to pass.

The bond received 2,165 no votes, or 44.65 percent of the vote.

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The bond issue was just one part of a that includes building a new high school, renovating the current high school to house eighth- and ninth-grade classes and renovating the current middle school to house students from Wallace Elementary and a district-wide pre-school program. Wallace would then be renovated to house district administrative offices.

The district hosted more than 30 meetings outlining the facility plans including at Johnston Middle School.

Superintendent Clay Guthmiller told residents at a public information meeting last week that if the bond failed the Johnston School Board would have to determine next steps. Those setps could include  another bond election in April 2013.

Guthmiller said if the bond failed the distirct would have to continue to utilize modular classrooms at Johnston Middle School, Beaver Creek and Horizon elementary schools.

How do you think the district should proceed? Tell us in the comments.

Under terms of the bond issue, the tax rate would have increased to 99 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation, which translates to $7.97 a month or $95.69 per year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

The 125 acres purchased for the proposed high school is located off Northwest 100th Street, between Northwest 62nd and Northwest 70th streets.

Based on approval of the plan, construction would have begun next spring and the school would have opened in the fall of 2015. 

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Charles Davis September 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Ashlee, you rlink does not take me to the specific code. :-( If you say they cannot have a bond referendem on the same ballot as a general election, I guess I will trust you on that?
Ashlee Kieler September 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Sorry about that Charles. The code I was referencing was 39.2.
Stella September 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The iPads were funded by PPEL, which voters approved in January. The district's iPad initiative gives students grades 10-12 an iPad, and it does have restrictions on internet use/sites while in the Johnston wi-fi network. I invite you to contact the district office at 278-0470 should you have questions or concerns about this program.
Dennis Pine September 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
So Stella, does that mean the I-pads will be staying on school grounds so that it is completely used for school work?
Jim Wetz September 23, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I agree the design was a lavish monster with a very inefficient use of space and money. It showed some misguided thoughts on what kind of design makes for an effective learning atmosphere in a school. Could have had a lot more effective school design for a lot less money. And my property taxes just shot up for 2013. Now were being asked for another increase.

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