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Two school referendums defeated in Iroquois County

Voters denied efforts in the Iroquois West school district to generate money for new buildings in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election. A $25-million referendum was soundly defeated by a near 80 -20 percent margin. (1226 No 343 Yes)'

Meanwhile – Crescent-Iroquois school district #249 said No to consolidation with Watseka Unit #9.

The issues needed to pass in both Watseka and Crescent-Iroquois. The Watseka district approved the consolidation 73 – 26%. It failed in Crescent City on 53-46% margin. (228 No 201 Yes)

School leaders say it’s time to move forward. They thank voters for their input.

Several community meetings by the two school districts laid out the financial picture showing aging buildings and a struggle to hire teachers.

At Iroquois West, the school board pointed to 100-year-old buildings in need of repair or replacement.

94.1 WGFA