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Cedar Falls Superintendent: "The election is over, but the work isn't done"

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Cedar Falls voters did not pass a $35 million school bond on Tuesday.

Public Measure A needed 60 percent to pass, but received just over 57 percent, with 4,527 voting in favor of the measure and 3,367 voting against it.

The new general obligation bonds would have helped build a new elementary school, as well as add on to North Cedar and Orchard Hill elementaries.

Around 28 percent of eligible voters turned out for Tuesday's election. That's compared to the last school bond vote in September, which brought out 34 percent of voters, according to the Black Hawk County Auditor's Office.

Cedar Falls Schools Superintendent Andy Pattee released this statement following the vote:

"We appreciate the community’s thorough look at this vote. We are proud of the majority vote in favor of the needed facility additions and renovations in the Cedar Falls Community School District with over 1,200 more people voting yes for this proposal. The election is over, but the work isn’t done. It’s a question of how to get it done as the district continues to face enrollment growth and capacity challenges now and into the future."

The text of the measure can be found here: http://www2.co.black-hawk.ia.us/website/bhmap/bhimages/specialballots/CedarFalls.pdf

KWWL's Ally Crutcher contributed to this report.

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