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Waverly-Shell Rock School bond passes easily

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WAVERLY (KWWL) Voters in the Waverly-Shell Rock School have overwhelmingly approved a nearly $19 million bond issue.

3,100 voters, more than 33 %, turned out for the vote, which garnered more than 65 per cent approval.

Here is the official final vote tally:  YES: 2023; 65.26 %     NO: 1077; 34.74 %.

The vote will replace Washington Irving Elementary, damaged by the flood, and the Waverly Junior High, which the school says no longer meets the needs of teachers and students.

"I'm in support of it as a taxpayer as well as a parent. I have children who are either currently in a displaced school or in the junior high and I also have a young one who's going to be coming up and I don't want him in a temporary facility, and we need a new school," said Kelly Flege.

Kelly Flege said she understands not wanting higher taxes, but she said this bond is for the benefit of the children.

But Lyle Engel said the bond is too expensive.

"That's an awful lot of money, especially for people like us that are retired and to dig that up is pretty tough," said Engel.

Pending financial help from FEMA, Flege said the school may not use the entire bond.

"There's a very great hope and expectation frankly that we're not even going to bond for the full amount. The vote is up to a maximum of $18,900,000. If we don't need that we won't bond for the full amount," said Flege. 

According to the school district, the maximum amount a taxpayer will pay if the bond goes into effect next year, is $1.51 per $1,000 of taxable value. That cost is after a bond already in effect expires in June.

Engel feels any amount is too much and the school can get by with the current buildings.

"I just can't see wasting the taxpayer money on a new building when they've got good buildings. They're already cleaned. All they've got to do is finish it," said Engel.

Superintendent Jere Vyverberg said the school district is advised not to put students back in the elementary because of health risks and the possibility of more flooding.

Reporter: Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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