TOWN OF MERTON - For the second time in five months, Arrowhead School District residents decisively voted down a referendum that would have brought improvements to the campus.

Tuesday's vote was for a $36.68 million question that would have been used for campus maintenance improvements, as well as upgrades in instructional areas.

Sixty-two percent of residents voted no this time around, to 38 percent who voted yes. Voters in November denied $64.7 million in classroom and instructional renovations that would have included a new swimming pool and expanded auditorium.

"The identified projects in the facilities referendum are important for maintaining the safety, accessibility and infrastructure of our school buildings,” stated Superintendent Laura Myrah in a news release. “Proposed projects also included renovations to support innovative learning spaces with substantial improvements to special education, science labs and Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing spaces."

Myrah added, "These infrastructure maintenance and facility update projects remain a priority; the needs don’t evaporate as a result of a failed vote. Our school board and administration will promptly begin discussions to plan budget decisions for the future of our district’s facilities and educational programs."

“Despite the referendum failing to gain a majority of community votes, the board is grateful for the participation of staff, parents, and community members throughout the process,” added School Board President Bob Rosch in the release.

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A divided school board voted 6-3 in January to send the question to voters. If approved, it would have added 45 cents per $1,000 of property value to tax bills. For a $300,000 home, it would have been an additional $135 per year.

The school board will begin discussing the outcome of this spring's referendum vote during its school board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5.


No 3,841 (62%)

Yes 2,354 (38%)

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