Elkhart voters say 'yes' to school referendum

"We are feeling very good. This is an outcome that speaks to students...fiscal responsibility of district for many years," Superintendent Rob Haworth said.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. | Updated on May 6, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.

ELKHART — As final votes trickled in Tuesday night, May 6, Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent Rob Haworth claimed victory on the two referendums

Votes in favor of the two referendums led 4,839 to 3,198 and 4,881 to 3,144, meaning that Elkhart Community Schools will get $47 million worth of support from local residents through increased property taxes.

Haworth said the win is proof that residents trust the district.

"We are feeling very good. This is an outcome that speaks to students; to the fiscal responsibility of the district for many years," he said.

The money will be used for safety upgrades (including closing off several "open concept" classrooms), repairs to buildings and grounds, and increased transportation options for students.

Haworth said a plan to start spending the referendum money will be outlined in the school board's next meeting on May 13.

Haworth first announced he would ask the school board to pursue a referendum in December, and the board approved the plan in a January meeting. 

A group called Yes4Elkhart formed to encourage residents to "vote yes twice," holding multiple events in the community to promote the referendum.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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