CHERRY VALLEY – The Cherry Valley-Springfield bond proposal that would have been funded nearly entirely with state aid was defeated last week by a scant 14 votes.
CV-S Superintendent Nick Savin said he “did not want to speculate as to why voters rejected the proposal, 197 to 183,” even though 98 percent of the proposal would have been funded with state aid.
Since some of the projects are necessary and required, he continued, “We’ll have to do the work anyway. We’re going to have to decide what to do with the different projects,” Savin said.
Pulling out an architectural rendition of a newly remodeled foyer, Savin noted that numerous much needed and overdue renovations would have been covered by state programs, and that the district went for public support earlier than the regular annual budget vote in order to meet filing deadlines set by the state.
Some of the projects will have to be reviewed, but for the most part, Savin noted, many of the projects cannot be delayed. That includes items like the replacement of the nearly 20 year old original roof which is now leaking in numerous places. Similarly, there were certain projects proposed that would have updated the building and brought it up to code, like smoke doors, fire alarms and the locker rooms project.
The $7.7 million bond proposal would have resulted in a budget impact of approximately $53,000, with an estimated school tax increase of 0.54 percent. Savin said a committee of approximately 17-19 people worked on the proposal since the autumn, and he extended his thanks to the group for all of the work they did in putting together the proposal.