Veterans Day assembly in Shoshone

With a sea of children behind him, U.S. Navy veteran Jerry Bryant applauds during a Veterans Day assembly in November 2016 at the Shoshone schools gym.


SHOSHONE — For a second time, Shoshone voters rejected a school bond.

During Tuesday’s election, the $6 million ballot measure received 307 “yes” votes and 173 “no” votes, falling short of the required two-thirds supermajority.

“Right now, we’re just kind of processing emotionally what happened yesterday and haven’t really gotten down into the details about what the next steps would be,” Shoshone School District superintendent Rob Waite said Wednesday.

The school district first attempted a $6 million bond in August.

Both times, the bond was slated to pay for remodeling the existing school, constructing a new multipurpose building — including a stage and gymnasium — and a new vocational building and small building with a couple of alternative-school classrooms.

The measure would have cost taxpayers $6.67 each month per $100,000 of taxable value.

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Waite said he expects school officials will move forward in the next few weeks with deciding what to do next.

In informal discussions, the general consensus is the “overwhelming majority of voters wanted to do the building project, but not two-thirds,” he said, and school leaders want to be sensitive of that fact.


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