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Menahga School referendum voted down

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Menahga School district voters said "no" again to a referendum to expand the school.

This time the project was scaled down by about $3 million. An $8.5 million referendum was voted down in November by about 56 percent of voters.

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The special election ballot included two questions.

The first question asked voters to authorize the school district to issue general obligation school building bonds for $4.95 million to include construction and equipping of five elementary classrooms, a gymnasium, women's and men's locker rooms, a concession and foyer area, bathrooms, a training room and referee facility, kitchen and gym storage and the remodeling of the agricultural shop to include a weight room.

The second question on the ballot asked voters to authorize the school district to issue an additional $560,000 in bonds, to include the construction and equipping of two high school classrooms, one high school science lab and the remodeling of existing high school science classrooms to create three elementary classrooms.

The unofficial results reported by the school district are 549 yes votes for question one and 586 no votes. Seven ballots were blank.

For question two there were 529 yes votes and 600 no votes. Thirteen ballots were blank.

The total number of votes was 1,142.

The Menahga School Board will canvass results at its regular meeting Monday, April 19.

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