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Voters turn down $51 million bond referendum for Johnston schools

Posted September 12, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

Johnston, Iowa – More than 4,800 voters in the Johnston school district turned out for Tuesday’s special election to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $51 million. While 55 percent of citizens voted in favor of the facilities plan, it was not enough to meet the 60 percent super majority needed to pass.

Johnston Community School District’s Board of Education will determine the next course of action, which could include calling another special election in six months. Other options include abandoning the proposal, or using PPEL and sales tax funds to complete other aspects of the total facilities project.

“We are disappointed in the outcome because of the amount of time and effort put forth by the facilities committee in developing this proposal,” said Clay Guthmiller, Superintendent of Johnston schools. “We fell short, our community has spoken, and now we need to step back and evaluate where the district goes from here.”

Johnston Community School District has experienced steady student enrollment growth since 1984. Students at Beaver Creek Elementary, Horizon Elementary, and Johnston Middle School are experiencing overcrowding in classrooms, and as a result, are using modular classrooms.

“We know that student enrollment growth will continue and construction costs will rise in the future,” Guthmiller said. “We stand ready to communicate and work with our community on finding acceptable solutions to our facility needs.”

Watch the district website,, for more details on the facilities plan.

For more information, contact: Laura Dillavou, Johnston Schools Communications & Marketing

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