Outcome of Orearville school bond issue comes down to question of rounding fractions

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

The Orearville R-4 School District may be adding onto the school in the eastern part of the county, but the final decision will come down to the rounding of fractions in Tuesday's balloting.

A total of 160 votes were cast on the issue, with 91 in favor and 69 against. Under state law, school bond issues in April municipal elections must receive a four-sevenths majority to pass. That translates to a 57 percent majority. Using the unofficial totals available Wednesday morning, the Orearville issue received a 56.875 percent majority approval.

Gene Neff, administrative assistant at the school, withheld comment until election results were made official, which should happen Thursday.

The $425,000 bond issue was being sought by school officials for a 4,950-square-foot addition which would include two classrooms, a kitchen, cafeteria and new restroom facilities. If approved, the issue would mean an increase of 85 cents per $100 assessed valuation for district residents.

While many rural schools in the area have battled declining enrollment, Neff said enrollment at Orearville has held steady and the district is offering an increased number of programs.

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