Voters approve N. Fayette-Valley merger, offer mixed results on school bonds

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Voters in the North Fayette and Valley school districts have approved merging the two districts by an overwhelming majority.

The unofficial results have 97 percent of North Fayette voters (504-17), and 92 percent of Valley voters (326-30) approving the measure.

The North Fayette Valley superintendent says combining the districts would provide more financial stability for the schools. The merger takes place in 2018.

In Tipton, voters approved a more than $4 million bond referendum Tuesday, 76 percent to 24 percent (610-191).

The district will use the money to improve security at schools, add middle school classrooms. And fix the high schools locker rooms that aren't ADA compliant. The bond will replace the current one that expires in June.

In West Branch, voters rejected a more than $19 million bond referendum, 56 percent to 44 percent (678-533). The measure needed a 60 percent super majority to pass.

The district would have used the money to demolish the old middle school and build a large addition at the high school to create a 6th through 12th grade building.

And Edgewood-Colesburg School District voters turned down a nearly $10 million referendum, which also needed a 60 percent super majority. It only got 57 percent support (408-370).

The bond would have provided money to build an addition to the high school.