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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Harrisburg school referendum fails

  • The voters have spoken: Harrisburg school district will not be issuing $29 million in bonds for the building of a new school.
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  • The voters have spoken: Harrisburg school district will not be issuing $29 million in bonds for the building of a new school.
    The referendum failed with 1,075 voting yes and 1,239 voting no in the unofficial count Tuesday night. The vote will be made official 4 p.m. April 23.
    Superintendent Dennis Smith had said in the past he anticipated if the referendum failed the district would be immediately required to spend millions in repairs to the current school.
    The issue has been an emotional one for both sides of the issue with many submitting letters to the editor of the newspaper in support and several opposed.
    The Daily Register Facebook site came alive with comments shortly after posting the result on the site with 39 comments in about two hours. Those comments reflecting the passionate feelings pro and con.
    "It's an absolute shame. That school is falling down around our kids. But hey I guess those memories for the (ones) who have already went through the school is more (important) than the safety of our kids now," Jennifer Ratley posted.
    Student Lindsey Murray posted, "I see it and go to it everyday. I walk to class and there are trash cans and buckets in the hallways from leaks. You walk to the bathroom to change for athletics and you touch the wall and pieces of it crumble off. The library is disgusting. Windows have to be held up by books. Desks are broken. Pipes labeled with asbestos have "junk" falling off the into the floor. This isn't even half of it. Not all of these are rumors. It truly is pretty bad. I'm all for keeping the old. I personally love my school, but there is just too much that is needed to be fixed."
    Opposed to building a new school, Elizabeth Cook posted, "I did my part and voted NO. There was far too much corruption involved in the Jr High build and now we have that big empty eyesore of a building. It wouldn't cost HALF as much to fix HHS as a totally new building will and throwing away the history of the building rather than repairing it would be a total shame. We shouldn't be teaching our children to throw things away because they were neglected — we should be teaching them to take care of things rather than just replace them."

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