If approved, it would have generated about $1.9 million a year. That would have been added to the school’s current annual budget of $18 million.
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The school will have to make tough financial decisions, Koennecke said.
“The need did not go away with the failure of this levy,” he said. “The district has not had new operating dollars in over 24 years and the budget will remain strained. It will take some time, however, to assess the next steps and to determine what it means operationally for the district.”
The board will take some time to decide if they will go back on the ballot, the superintendent said.
“Our children deserve to be competitive,” Koennecke said.