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MONTICELLO (KWWL) -

Monticello voters said a resounding no Tuesday night to a $22 million bond that would've consolidated the school's population from four buildings to two.

More than 1,200 people--71% of everybody who voted--said no.  As part of the plan, the district would've built an addition to the high school that would house middle school students, and renovate the middle school, which then would've housed the elementary school students.  Both of the existing elementary school buildings would've then been sold or torn down.

Susan Bewischek was among the majority that said no to the bond.

"The lack of thought, in my opinion, about how they're going to do this, what they're going to do, it doesn't make sense for them to tear down existing facilities, if they can be used," she said. "I just feel like there wasn't enough thought put into it for that amount of money."

Brent Meier, principal of the middle school, said the money would've help update the classrooms, providing a better learning environment for his students.

"It was built in 1923, has a lot of issues, has a lot of issues with technology, that we're not able to utilize the way we need to. The learning space isn't conducive to today's students and their learning styles," he said.

As for what the district does now--Meier says it's back to the drawing board.

"I think we need to reevaluate, see what the voters want, and see what's going to best meet not only the voters needs, but the needs of our students."

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