Sugar-Salem bond fails

A $5.59 million Sugar-Salem School District bond failed to pass Tuesday, while a two-year levy providing $200,000 per year passed.

Madison and Fremont county voters cast 395 votes, or 58.2 percent, in favor of the bond, and 283 votes, or 41.7 percent, against. The bond needed a two-thirds supermajority to pass.

Voters cast 424 votes, or 62.3 percent, in favor of the levy, and 257 votes, or 37.7 percent, against. The levy required a simple majority to pass.

The five-year bond would’ve allowed the district to add seven classrooms and a multipurpose/lunchroom to Sugar-Salem Junior High School.

Funds also would’ve gone toward heating system upgrades and other maintenance work across the district.

Though the junior high isn’t overcrowded yet, it likely will be in a few years, superintendent Alan Dunn said.

Dunn said the board of trustees was trying to be proactive in passing a bond before the school becomes overcrowded, though the district could’ve done a better job disseminating bond information before the election.

“I take responsibility myself for it not having passed,” Dunn said.

The board will decide how to proceed during a June 7 meeting. Going forward, Dunn encouraged patrons to reach out to district officials with concerns or comments regarding future bonds or district issues.

“I appreciate patrons’ concerns, and any time people are willing to call and express concerns and help us understand why they didn’t vote in favor of something, we always appreciate that,” Dunn said. “We want to be responsive to patron concerns, always.”

Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 542-6762.

Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 542-6762.