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Voters reject Waterloo School bond referendum

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Voters in the Waterloo Community School District Tuesday night overwhelmingly rejected plans for a new Waterloo Schools $35-million career center.

The proposed career center would be part of a $47-million reform proposal, which also included major renovations at East and West High Schools. 

The measure needed 60--percent approval, but received only 44.2% support.

2,901 people voted Yes, but 3,659 voters, or 55.8%, voted NO, defeating plans to greatly expand Waterloo's CTE, Career and Technical Education programs.

KWWL spoke to Waterloo Schools Superintendent Dr. Jane Lindaman moments after the results were released.

"We will always do what is right for kids. That is what we are all about. So when we came forward, our greatest attempt was to do what was right for kids. We will go back and look at it. Yes, we are disappointed, very disappointed, but we will move forward and we will do everything we can to help the kids of Waterloo," said Lindaman.

Speaking with voters at the polls. Those who voted it down, were mainly concerned about the tax increase. 

"I voted against it. Our taxes are high enough. The taxes are killing us. . . We all have to cut back. We all have to learn to do more with less," said Dianna McCeready, a Waterloo resident.

Those who did vote for the proposed center considered it an investment in the community's youth.

"I just decided to vote because I have grandchildren that go to school. I had six children that went to school and mostly all of them had to leave here to get good jobs," said voter Carrie Kelley.

Over 6,000 votes were cast for this election. 


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