ICCSD, CCA bonds pass, West Branch bond fails

ICCSD, CCA bonds pass, West Branch bond fails
Podhajsky
09/12/17
 
In a record-setting election, voters in the Iowa City Community School District have approved a record-setting general obligation bond.
 
A school district record 16,700 people voted in Tuesday's election, with 10,814, or 65%, voting for the $191.5 million bond. It needed 60% approval to pass.
 
The $191.5 million is the largest single-ask GO bond in state history. It’ll go toward the second-half of the district’s Facilities Master Plan.
 
ICCSD voters also put four new people on the school board. J.P. Claussen, Janet Godwin, and Ruthina Malone all won full four-year terms while Shawn Eyestone won the race for the two-year term created when LaTasha DeLoach resigned earlier this year. They'll join remaining board members Phil Hemingway, Paul Roessler, and Lori Roetlin.
 
The board will need a new president, as two-term president Chris Lynch chose not to run for re-election.
 
In other districts, Clear Creek Amana voters approved a $36 million GO bond that will pay for a new elementary and remodeling projects at several district schools. That bond received 71% approval.
 
Kathy Swenka was elected to CCA school board’s open at-large seat while Bob Broghammer was re-elected in District 2. Nicole Knapp ran unopposed in District 4.
 
There were no referendums in Solon but voters there elected incumbents Dan Coons and Rick Jedlicka and newcomer Timothy Brown.
 
Lone Tree had three candidates - incumbents Christina Magruder and Michael Waldschmidt and newcomer Josh Zaruba - for three board spots and those three were elected.
 
And in West Branch, voters have once again failed to approve a bond issue, giving a nearly $20 million bond issue only 52% support. Gregory Hetrick and Amanda Whaley were elected to the West Branch school board.
 
In West Liberty, voters have elected Emily Geertz and Stephanie Kuhl Dengler to the two open spots on the school board.
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