Northwest Iowa — In school election results — the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn bond issue was defeated again, and Gina Woelber will serve on the Boyden-Hull School Board.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn voters narrowly defeated a $16.25 million bond issue for building updates, renovations, and additions. According to the unofficial results from the O’Brien County Auditor’s office, while 56.02 percent of voters voted for the bond issue, Iowa bond issues need a 60 percent “supermajority” to pass.
Officials say a “yes” result would have meant the closing of the current elementary in Hartley and the building of a new elementary beside the high school in Hartley. It would also have meant building on to the middle school in Sanborn, and renovating the present middle school; as well as doing some upgrades at the High School in Hartley.
The unofficial results indicate that in Sanborn the measure received about 62 and a half percent of the regular votes and 54.8 percent of the absentee votes. In Hartley the measure received about 51 percent of the regular votes and about 49 percent of the absentee votes. Find a link to the full results below.
In the Boyden-Hull School District, voters went to the polls to select someone for the District 3 chair on the board of education. Gina Woelber ran unopposed and there were no write-in votes, so she received 100 percent of the vote and will fill the District 3 vacancy.