Wendell school bond

Wendell School District superintendent Greg Lowe, right, listens to district maintenance supervisor Ken Pressley in March 2014 at Wendell High School.

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WENDELL | For a third time, Wendell voters said “no” to bond measures to pay for school repairs.

Both measures received about 60 percent support, but it wasn't enough. Idaho law requires a two-thirds supermajority, 66.6 percent, to pass school district measures.

In all, 660 voters said "yes" and 439 said "no" for a $250,000 annual bond for 10 years to create a maintenance reserve fund.

The Wendell School District also pursued a $1.5 million bond for facility projects. That got 689 votes in support and 436 against.

Superintendent Greg Lowe said tough decisions will need to be made.

"The school board is going to look closely at how we can move forward."

School officials haven't decided if they'll try again with a bond. The district will look at its overall budget and all of its options, Lowe said.

"It's going to be extremely difficult to meet the maintenance demands we have now."

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The $1.5 million bond would have paid to replace the heating/air conditioning system and roof at Wendell High School’s gym and to repair the school’s roof and parking lot.

District officials say the gym could be condemned and closed if repairs aren't made.

In March, Wendell voters rejected a $3.1 million federal bond with 0 percent interest that would have paid to upgrade buildings and curriculum.

In August, two bond measures were narrowly rejected by only a few percentage points.

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