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Voters reject $110 million capital improvement plan

April 5, 2018

Monticello voters rejected a $110 million capital project on April 5, 2018. The project, which would have been bonded out in two phases, would have corrected health and safety issues throughout the district, re-opened the Corneilius Duggan Elementary School, improved the district’s athletic facilities and created extensive upgrades at each district school.

Monticello voters had rejected a similar bond proposal by 30 votes in December 2017. The district’s administration and board reviewed the results of an exit survey as well as other community feedback and learned that a significant number of residents had stated they would support a capital improvement project that included upgrades to the athletic facilities. To accommodate those constituents, the district commissioned its architectural firm to create a plan for its athletic facilities and added these new plans to the project that was on the ballot on April 5.

The proposal was rejected 852 yes to 940 no votes. These are unofficial results.

“As John Wooden said, “things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out,” Superintendent Tammy Mangus said. “Despite the outcome, we’ll continue to do our best for our kiddos. It’s what we do, because even when the chips are down we folks here at Monticello Central School District will continue to believe in a brighter tomorrow through education.”