A referendum vote for the Rush City School District failed during an election Tuesday.
The district held the vote on May 9, where they asked the community to approve a $28.4 million facility improvement project for both the C.E Jacobson Elementary School and High School.
The referendum had voters decide on two questions.
The first outlined improvements to the school buildings, which included the construction of new classrooms, the building of a new wing for 6th-grade programming, renovations of existing spaces for Special Education and other programming, and complete maintenance improvement projects on both the interior and exterior of the buildings.
The second question would have approved additional renovations of the High School media center for additional space for students and staff, the completion of ADA improvements, and the creation of additional space for Family and Consumer Science and Career & Technical Education.
According to the unofficial election results:
Question One: For: 278 Against: 864
Question Two: For: 264 Against: 878
In a statement following the results, the district said, "While we are disappointed by these results, we respect the decision of our local residents and would like to thank everyone who made their voice heard by participating in the election. Despite these results, we remain committed to identifying a long-term solution to meet the educational needs of our growing district that best supports our Tigers' futures."