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Shepherd rejects $17.9M school bond, and other Yellowstone County results

Shepherd rejects $17.9M school bond, and other Yellowstone County results

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Shepherd bond plan

Plans for construction for a bond project on ballots in the Shepherd School District. 

Shepherd voters Tuesday night shot down a $17.9 million bond that would have overhauled the school campus. 

The plan would have razed a mold-plagued kindergarten building and current library building to link elementary and high school buildings and create a more cohesive campus structure with expanded capacity.

Shepherd bond

Mold covers the ceiling in a building Shepherd schools are hoping to replace with a school bond. 

The ballot was split high school and elementary items. The elementary item failed 49%-51% while the high school item failed 47%-53%. 

The result showed that the price tag — hefty for a school district with Shepherd's tax base — may have deterred voters. The tax impact on the bond was projected to be $243.53 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

It's unclear what the school district will do now that the bond has failed. The kindergarten building was abruptly closed in August, squeezing capacity to the point that hallways were used as classrooms for some elementary students. 

During an April interview, superintendent Scott Carter said the bond plan already was the district's "plan B."

He said the district could bring in portable classrooms if necessary, which could also result in a tax raise. 

On Tuesday, he said that he'd begin more in-depth conversation with school trustees about how to adapt without the bond. 

“This bond was really driven by the community, and I don’t think they could have done anything more,” he said. “I think our community did a hell of job.”

Carter previously cited opposition to the plan from people who felt that it was too athletic focused. The plan called for a renovated lunchroom area that would be built big enough to double as a gym, and for locker room remodels. 

Other Yellowstone County Results

Broadview general fund levy

FOR: 159

AGAINST: 87

Pioneer general fund levy

FOR: 202

AGAINST: 212

Blue Creek general fund levy

FOR: 460

AGAINST: 396

Blue Creek trustee

Vote for 1

Rachel Meech: 332

Cristin Smith: 271

Laurel trustee

Vote for 2

Mike Creeden: 1,198

Brittani Hunter: 1,139

Karen Teeters: 1,892

Elder Grove trustee, 3-year term

Vote for 1

Richard Pope: 414

Trever Schilling: 292

Elder Grove trustee, 2-year term

Voter for 2

Jay Jamieson: 332

Missy Jones: 298

Mikhael Selle: 149

Bridget R. Sievers: 230

Elder Grove trustee, 1-year term

Vote for 1

Alexandra Blair: 171

Jennifer Hoffman: 249

Kelley Oakes: 255

Elysian trustee, 3-year term

Vote for 1

Shanna Herrick: 343

Tad Swander: 226

Lockwood trustee

Vote for 2

Robert "Bob" Baenziger: 203

Michael Boller: 147

Jennifer Bowers: 180

Bryan Fandrich: 78

Kat Pfau: 515

Lacey Rollins: 317

Timothy Sather: 520

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