Elkhart Community Schools superintendent Rob Haworth speaks about Elkhart referendums on March 10, 2014. With most of the votes tallied Tuesday night, May 6, 2014, the superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools is claiming victory on the two referendums.(James Buck / The Elkhart Truth, File)
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.