Beloit Turner evaluates next steps after $26.8M referendum fails by 2 votes

District's board of canvassers meeting Friday
Beloit Turner evaluates next steps after $26.8M referendum fails by 2 votes

The School District of Beloit Turner’s board of canvassers plans to meet Friday morning after the district’s $26.8 million referendum failed by only two votes.

The referendum would have allowed for the building of a new elementary school to replace Townview Elementary School and the expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs at the high school.

School board clerk John Pelock said the board of canvassers plans to meet Friday to confirm the results of the election.

After that, Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson said anyone who voted can request a recount within three business days.Beloit Turner evaluates next steps after $26.8M referendum fails by 2 votes

According to the county’s unofficial election results, 920 people voted to pass the referendum and 922 people voted against it.

“I think we need to really look at what the community wants and maybe get a good feel of where they want us to go instead of just making those decisions ourselves,” said Kim Ward, the school board’s vice president.

This is the second time a referendum has failed in recent years. In 2013, a $28 million referendum to build a new high school failed by a wider margin.Beloit Turner evaluates next steps after $26.8M referendum fails by 2 votes