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Stevensville school leaders discuss possible second try on bonds

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STEVENSVILLE - Stevensville School leaders will be discussing the prospects for asking voters a second time to approve a critical bond package to fund improvements at the high school and elementary schools in the district.

The $9.1 million bond had been designed to catch up on a long list of upgrades for Stevensville Elementary, including building maintenance and school safety upgrades. The high school bond would have cost $12.9 million and paid for projects ranging from new flexible classrooms to building renovations and parking areas. The bonds would have also paid for projects like a new bus facility and maintenance shop, and a grandstand.

The Elementary Bond failed by just 9 votes last week, which was three votes too many for the automatic recount under state law. The failure rate for the high school bond was higher, with 200 voters saying “no” to the proposed spending plan.

Now the school board is starting to review the vote and reflect on the next steps.

Superintendent Bob Moore says the school board’s Facilities Committee will be meeting Thursday to review the election results. He says the “deferred maintenance, space, safety, and upgrades are needed and will continue to be issues for the District”.

The discussion is expected to focus on whether to seek a second vote and when, and if the bond package should be adjusted to make it more acceptable to voters.

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