The Glenwood Community School District has until March 2 to formally protest the results of the Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy election, but school officials are expected to let the deadline pass without pursuing legal action.
“We’re probably not going to contest the election,” school district superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley said Monday. “The people have spoken this time around.”
The election ended in a 434-434 tie, meaning the measure failed by a single vote because a simple majority of “yes” votes wasn’t achieved. The majority could have been obtained had an absentee ballot returned to the county auditor’s office three days after the election been accepted by election officials. A county canvassing board determined that the manner in which the ballot was returned didn’t meet criteria established in the state code.
Sibley and school board president Theresa Romens both believe the 10-year, approximately $750,000 to $770,000 ISL is needed for the district to stay competitive in the area of curriculum and technology. The issue could be brought to a public vote again later this year.
“I think we’ll go after it again and it will probably be in the fall,” Romens said.
The ISL vote could be presented in the form of a special election, like it was on Feb. 3, or be included on the ballot in the regular board of education election on Sept. 8.
Romens cited multiple reasons why she believes the levy failed to pass on the recent try, including a struggling economy and some public dissatisfaction over construction delays that have occurred on the district’s new high school.
“Once the new school is in, people will see that we did get something done,” Romens said.