North Boone school district superintendent Michael Houselog says he's disappointed. He thought the community would throw its support behind the referendum.
"This was a straightforward referendum--it had no other things other than really classrooms and teaching stations. That's what it was all about--it was just about the kids," says Houselog.
"The school district has the capacity for 400 more students...but it's expected to reach that number or more by the next school year. In fact, at the projected growth rate, the district could need another high school in four years."
The sale of 10-million dollars in bonds would have generated the money the district needs to build 44 new classrooms and district leaders say residents wouldn't see the tax increase for 16 years...impact fees would be used for the construction as well.
"We need to sit back and look at where we're at right now, analyze the things we did right, and look and see what issues are out there," says School Board President Michael Lindberg.
Lindberg and Houselog anticipate that another referendum will be placed on the November ballot.
"More people thought there were problems with this referendum...whether they were in denial that the growth is coming, which I don't believe they are, but there are people who don't think the growth is coming, to other people not liking the way the bond issue was structured," says Houselog.
Lindberg says if a referendum doesn't ultimately pass, the district will have to look at other alternatives such as going back to half day kindergarten or putting the high school on a split schedule.
The number of students in the North Boone School District is expected to triple in the next five years.