Meridian Schools bond proposal fails by 4 votes

MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (11/08/17) - The Meridian Public School District will likely ask for a recount after voters turned down a $20.33 million bond proposal.

The proposal failed by just four votes with 667 people voting 'no' and 663 voting 'yes'.

"It really, really drives homes the point that every vote does matter," said Craig Carmoney, superintendent of Meridian Public Schools.

The 25-year plan would have allowed the district to do a number of improvements, including building a new auditorium, a new bus garage, technology and safety upgrades and adding on to the elementary school to replace portable classrooms, just to name a few.

"It's a rough day. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but we'll move on," Carmoney said. "My philosophy has always been never make a decision when you're emotional."

The district hasn't made a decision yet about what to do next, but Carmoney said a February vote is not possible.

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