Riverside bond issue fails again/Glenwood & Sidney RPS approved


February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Oakland-Riverside Community School District apparently were not convinced the district needed to replace three separate, aging buildings, with one brand new building south of Oakland, that would house all of the districts students. For the second time in less than a year, a bond issue referendum that would have helped to pay for the $21.6-million project, has failed.

Unofficial results from the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office indicate the $13.3 million dollar bond issue received roughly 54 percent of the vote–925 “yes” votes to 758 “no” votes. A 60-percent super majority was necessary in order for the measure to pass. A similar, previous referendum failed last April, when it received only 53 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, patrons of the Glenwood and Sidney Community School District have overwhelmingly approved the renewal of a Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS). Unofficial results showed the referendum garnered 406 “Yes” votes to 54 “No” votes, in Glenwood, and 91 “Yes” and zero “No” votes, in Sidney. A simple majority was needed for the measure to pass in both districts.