BIC proposed millage fails

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Leachville and Monette patrons have again voted down a proposed 9 mill increase for the Buffalo Island Central School District.

The proposal failed by just 100 votes with 453 against and 353 voting for the measure. The defeat is a second for the district, which was hoping to build new facilities that would take the district well into the future while meeting current needs.

The fist proposal was for a combined K-12 facility to be located on Highway 18 between both towns. After that millage vote was declined the BIC School Board voted to form a committee to look at options. Board members recommended two individuals who had voted against the original millage and one that had voted for the increase to serve on that committee.

The committee of about 30 people met each month and looked at needs, finances and more. The best option the committee saw was for a K-6 grade facility at Leachville and a 7-12 grade facility at Monette. It was that proposal with a 9 mill increase that was presented to voters May 12.

In the two public meetings held in April BIC administrators said if the millage failed it would have no choice but focus its attention on state mandated repairs, which have been on hold in hopes of the two new projects passing. Those repairs include fire alarm systems, exit signs, removal of paneling from all buildings, dealing with the BIC Junior High flooding problem and more.

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