Voters reject bond issue for Wakefield school


Wakefield Community Schools' patrons rejected a proposed $46.8 million bond issue during a special election on Nov. 14.

A total of 642 voters cast mail-in only ballots that would address the district's facility needs.

Of these votes, 129 were in favor of the bond and 513 were against.

These votes were unofficial as of Tuesday evening and were scheduled to be certified by the canvas board on Nov. 15.

The plan would have included adding new wings to the high school, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. It would have allowed for additional classroom space for students at all grade levels.

According to Wakefield Community Schools' Superintendent Matt Farup, moving forward, the Board of Education will "get back to the drawing board. We are committed to our students and staff. We know what the challenges are and definitely need to address them."

"We appreciate our community and how much they engaged in this process," Farup added. "We need to work together to come up with a solution."

Enrollment figures show that the district had 445 students in 2013 and has grown to 600 this school year. That number is expected to increase by approximately 150 students in the next 10 years.