LITTLE FALLS -- The results came in late and the news was not good, Little Falls School Board chair Susan Prosapio said this morning about the Little Falls School District referendum.
The referendum failed Thursday 2,902 to 1,848. Divided by precincts the votes were -- 1,198 yes and 1,496 no at the middle school; 400 yes and 1,020 no at Lincoln Elementary; and 250 yes to 386 no at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School.
The referendum was to boost excess levy revenue to $2.2 million.
"We, of course, are very disappointed," said Prosapio. "Our hopes to rebuild our district were tied to passing this referendum. We will rebuild the programs in our district, but the message to our children is that it's going to take a little longer. They will have to be patient."
"I sure wish it had a happy ending, but that wasn't in the cards," Prosapio said.
Superintendent George Maurer said any time a referendum fails all who support it feel disappointed. Maurer said the school board will have another opportunity to hold a referendum in November.
Maurer said the district could still get funding help from the Legislature. The district indicated to the state that with its statutory operating debt the way it is and without support from a referendum that the district will need to make additional cuts for the next five years.
The school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School to canvas the results of the referendum.
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