The Marshall school board met Tuesday, Nov. 10, to certify results of the Nov. 3 election in which a bond issue for building a new elementary school failed to reach the 4/7 majority necessary for passage.
And they voted to put the issue on the ballot again in April.
Citing progress made in vote percentage and a well-run campaign led by Wayne Crawford and John Angelhow, the board decided to capitalize on a sense of momentum and try again.
The issue got about 51 percent approval, the highest rate of four failed bond issues in the past decade.
The April election is the last chance for the district to benefit from federal economic stimulus funding that would reduce interest costs on the bond.
The details of the ballot issue question will be reviewed before the board officially places the issue on the ballot. The vote Tuesday was intended to establish intent to proceed.
Crawford attended the meeting and gave the board a brief assessment of the campaign, noting some of the strengths and weaknesses of the effort.
He said he was very encouraged by the number of people -- especially school staff -- who worked for the campaign, but he regretted that more effort wasn't put into generating higher turnout.
He noted that about 8,000 registered voters did not cast ballots, adding that he believes reaching those people might have tipped the scales in favor of the bond issue.
In other business, the board voted to end its contract for the property on South Odell Avenue that would have been the site for the new school.
The contract with the property owner was contingent on the results of the election, and because the issue failed, the board decided not to pursue purchasing property at this time.
The process of seeking a site will start again, with a call for offers issued soon. All property owners will be required to submit written bids.
More information to follow