HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — Huntington County residents voted down a pair of educational referendums.
The project referendum was voted down 4,702 votes to 4,649 votes, a separation of only 53 votes. The measure hoped to raise $68 million over the next 17 years to build a new Huntington North High School.
Huntington County Community School board would not discuss the next steps for the 50-year-old high school.
Residents also voted against the operation referendum, meaning the school corporation will not raise the starting teacher salary. That measure sought $1 million over the next 8 years. It also means that the district as of now will not add two additional resources officers.
Huntington County Schools Superintendent Chad Daugherty issued the following statement:
Thank you Huntington County.
Huntington County Community School Corporation put forth two questions on the November 2019 ballot. One question dealt with the Operations Referendum. The purpose of this question is to increase salaries for HCCSC employees to make HCCSC competitive in Northeast Indiana.
The second question dealt with the Project Referendum and would address the facility needs and security concerns at Huntington North High School. Renovations will include things that are of immediate concern such as the roof, HVAC, plumbing, and increasing the safety and security of students in our care at HNHS.
We are thankful that we live in a community which believes that we have an obligation to create a better future for our children and generations to come. It is obvious that our community has invested their lives in those who outlive us. We believe that we will be most successful in each of these endeavors when we come together as a community to work toward that goal. We look forward to the involvement of our stakeholders as we move forward and address the academic and safety needs of our studentsChad Daugherty, Superintendent, Huntington County Community School Corp.
The Huntington County Community School Corporations’ next school board meeting is November 11th at 7 p.m.