Wakonda school bond election fails again by M. Jill Karolevitz Residents of the Wakonda School District once again failed to pass a $2.15 million bond issue as they voted for the second time Jan. 16.
The bond issue called for the construction of a new K-6 elementary addition, a school-community library, and to remodel the existing school building which was constructed in 1922.
The bond issue failed by seven votes. Yes ballots numbered 322 (58.9 percent), while no votes totaled 225 (41.1 percent). Under state law, a 60 percent majority is needed for the approval of a bond issue.
This is the second election held for the Wakonda School bond issue. It failed to pass Nov. 14 by just one vote, so a new election was called. In November, yes votes (263) came up shy � just 59.8 percent. The 177 no votes totaled 40.23 percent. For that election, the total number of registered voters in the district was 784. Fifty-six percent cast their ballots.
As of Jan. 16, there were 802 registered voters in the Wakonda School District. Of them, 547 went to the polls for a 68.2 percent voter turnout.
Superintendent Ron Flynn, a strong supporter for the bond issue, was unavailable for comment Wednesday morning about the election results.